Re: String name and Character Name

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Wed Apr 13 2005 - 09:52:09 CST

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    Kenneth Whistler wrote at 3:02 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2005:

    >The *stability* of published character names is far more important
    >to the network of interdependent standards that refer to
    >character encoding standards than is the correctness of the name.
    >Unicode character names are normative for the purposes of the
    >character encoding standard and those other IT standards that
    >reference it. They are also *immutable*, by action of both
    >SC2 and the UTC, because change of character names is almost
    >as disruptive of the standards as changing code points for
    >characters would be.

    It's simple - we can have our cake and eat it too.

    Just add correct names to the existing ones, by following the time-
    honored Unicode dictum, "You can add, but never subtract".

    And so, we do the following, in the spirit of HYPEN-MINUS, making sure to
    always maintain uniqueness for every addition:



    Then you can use whatever sub-name you want. For those who need the old
    incorrect names, they will still have them; for those who want the new
    (politically) correct names, they too will be available.

    Dean A. Snyder

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