From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jun 25 2005 - 01:23:36 CDT
Richard Wordingham wrote,
> > Unicode encoded 0bb6 without proper consultation, again offending the
> > language in a serious way.
> Tough. It was still being used.
Suppose international bodies responsible for computer text encoding
told you that a certain string in their code would represent a segment
of the text of your own name in your own script.
Then suppose the international bodies added a new character to the
standard, and told you that a new string in their code should represent
that portion of your own name in your own script. And, that the
strings already existing would now be invalid.
That's exactly what happened to Srivas with the addition of U+0BB6.
The issue is not the addition of the SHA letter itself as much as it is
the conjunct encoding rules which were changed. The impact of this
change on existing data may have been considered by the authorities
prior to the official change, but considering an impact doesn't lessen it.
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