Re: The Unicode Standard Withdrawn

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 19:26:25 CST

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    On 02/04/2005 00:15, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    >Mountain View, CA, April 1, 2005 - The Unicode(R) Consortium announced
    >today that due to irreconcilable technical problems, the Unicode
    >Standard has been withdrawn. All Unicode characters are now
    >considered deprecated, until such time as further study and input
    >can rectify any mistakes in the standard. ...

    Since this announcement was in fact received on 2nd April here in the UK
    (as above) and therefore probably in almost every one of the countries
    in which many people have been wishing for precisely this announcement
    (well, I won't presume that the Canadians are not!), I think you ought
    to make very clear that no one should take it seriously.

    Mark Davis was quoted as saying:

    >It is clear that we have inadvertantly
    >published misleading and mistaken character names in our
    >standard. We consider this situation intolerable

    Has he at last recognised what most of use have been saying for years?

    Michael Everson wrote:

    > The name cannot be changed.
    > No matter what you say, the name cannot be changed.
    > No matter how right you may be, the name cannot be changed.

    This is the announcement which ought to be the April Fool.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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