Re: ASCII and Unicode lifespan

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 15:51:12 CDT

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    Tom Emerson wrote at 11:44 AM on Friday, May 20, 2005:

    >Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform has a huge community just
    >itching to use [Unicode]?

    The cuneiform using community numbers in the tens of thousands
    worldwide; there are about 7 of us who are itching to use cuneiform in
    Unicode ;-)

    The truth is, most cuneiformists do not see any need for Unicode
    cuneiform; they are happy to continue in transliteration. But some very
    important cuneiformists DO see the need and when the rest see the
    programmatic tools we are developing for cuneiform in Unicode the
    prevailing laissez-faire attitude will change rather rapidly.

    Cuneiform in transliteration is like Japanese in transliteration, with
    all the same advantages and disadvantages.


    Dean A. Snyder

    Assistant Research Scholar
    Manager, Digital Hammurabi Project
    Computer Science Department
    Whiting School of Engineering
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    3400 North Charles Street
    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21218

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