From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 06 2005 - 13:39:26 CST
On 06/01/2005 19:04, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> From: "Peter Kirk" <email@example.com>
>> It is surely possible for Unicode, within its stability policy, to
>> add new precomposed characters with canonical decompositions if these
>> are also defined as composition exceptions, alongside existing
>> Hebrew, Arabic etc presentation forms which are composition
>> exceptions. The UTC might be reluctant to do so, but if it comes
>> under strong pressure to do this from the Chinese standards body
>> through WG2, I see no compelling reason why the UTC should refuse
>> this. There is nothing in the stability policy to force it to refuse
>> new presentation forms of this kind.
> The Unicode stability policy is one thing; but more importantly, it
> does not
> concern much ISO/IEC 10646, for which the interoperability with the
> Chinese GB18030 standard can't be ignored. ...
Of course. I am only saying that there are no strong grounds within
Unicode for the UTC to reject such new characters.
> However I think that this does not require changing the complete
> interoperability between GB18030 and ISO/IEC 10646. ...
I never suggested that it did. I hope it doesn't.
> What this means is that the Unicode stability policy would have to be
> amended to allow the interoperability required by the new Chinese
> standard, but there would probably be no change in ISO/IEC 10646. ...
Which is a very good reason for making it possible for the Chinese
simply to add the extra characters they require to their existing
standard, in a way which does not compromise the Unicode stability
policy. Then they don't need a new standard which would complicate
things for everyone.
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