From: Hans Aberg (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 11:25:27 CDT
At 06:56 -0700 2005/05/17, Doug Ewell wrote:
>Hans Aberg <haberg at math dot su dot se> replied:
>> It can be instructive to check the history of ASCII. See for example
>> It says that the presently most widely used form is ANSI X3.4-1986.
>> So that standard has been in active use only 19 years.
>That's not a standard, it's a version of a standard. That would be like
>talking about the life expectancy of "Unicode 4.1" instead of "Unicode."
>For 99.9% of ASCII usage, there is no difference between the 1967
>version of ASCII and the 1986 update. I believe the update had to do
>with the issue of treating 0x24 as a nationally variable "currency sign"
>versus hard-coding it to the dollar sign.
It could mean that Unicode has a few more years of longevity to hope for. :-)
-- Hans Aberg
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