From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 04:51:22 CDT
On 17/05/2005 08:08, Doug Ewell wrote:
>Alexander Kh. <alexkh at writeme dot com> wrote:
>>When the Unicode standard becomes too "academic", it is never too
>>early or too late to create a new precise standard. I suppose I am
>>talking to an old man who does not believe that he will outlive the
>>current "immutable" standard.
>Either that, or someone old enough to have seen too many other
>"standards" in the computer industry become unusable because of constant
>tweaking and "improving" of their key elements. There is something to
>be said for stability.
Whether tweaked or not, the useful life of most standards in the
computer industry has been very low. Few of the ones in use 25 years ago
are still in active use now, although some remain as subsets of more
comprehensive standards (which is the alternative to improving the
standard). Any suggestion that Unicode will be around much beyond the
lifetime of its current proponents is sheer arrogance. I know someone
has suggested that it will last for 1000 years. I am reminded of what
happened to the Reich which was supposed to lat 1000 years.
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