Re: Character numbers and encodings

From: Hans Aberg (
Date: Wed Feb 02 2005 - 13:22:48 CST

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    At 18:31 +0000 2005/02/02, Peter Kirk 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 matter, 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

    I do not make myself any judgements of this. But I got some email where
    folks speak about a variety of different character and numbering schemes. I
    think also that the topic will evolve, so that people will start
    experimenting with different numbering schemes and perhaps more efficient
    character sets as well, fulfilling different needs. I merely indicate method
    how such a thing can be done fairly easily, by merely pushing concepts like
    characters, character numberings and encodings, already present in Unicode,
    a bit further to become even more independent.

    Once I have started walking down this path, it strikes me that a most
    efficient numbering, according to some need, may have lots of spaces in it:
    Instead of trying to cover a specific range, one tries to group the
    characters more logically. In the process, it might help to have a lot of
    holes in the character numbering domain.

      Hans Aberg

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