Re: Character numbers and encodings

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Feb 02 2005 - 12:31:52 CST

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    On 02/02/2005 17:57, Hans Aberg wrote:

    >So, it does not matter, from this theoretical point of view, how the Unicode
    >characters are assigned to non-negative integers. ...

    If it doesn't mattter, why don't we just stick with the current mapping
    of abstract characters to code points? After all, it really doesn't
    matter that a small range (the surrogate range) has been arbitrarily

    >... From the practical point
    >of view, it might make implementation of programs easier if these numbers
    >are held together. But it might also help implementation to have the
    >character numbers being logically groups, so that common character classes
    >can easily be identified as say a small number of intervals. ...

    The current mapping seems to meet these requirements reasonably well, if
    not perfectly. And it would be very hard to get general agreement on
    anything better, even if we were to start with a clean sheet.

    Since nothing that matters is broken, why are you so obsessed with
    trying to fix it?

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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