Re: adding characters for minority languages

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Mon Nov 06 2006 - 18:06:30 CST

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    On 11/4/2006 12:58 PM, William J Poser wrote:
    > It would perhaps be nice if there were funding for adding
    > minority languages, but the process really isn't as onerous
    > as it may seem. It is not like participating in some ISO
    > standards development where a large committment of time and
    > money may be required.
    > Also, there is a short term solution available, which is
    > to assign the missing characters to codepoints in one of
    > the Private Use Areas. If you publicize this temporary
    > encoding (ideally with an accompanying Unicode-encoded font
    > so that people can make use of it easily), people will immediately
    > gain the ability to work in the language and to read what others
    > have written so long as they are aware of the temporary
    > encoding. Having done this, you then apply to the Unicode Consortium
    > to for permanent codepoints.
    Any texts encoded in such temporary encoding will most likely end up
    being lost to future archives.
    Great solution for standalone systems where the object is to produce
    hardcopy output, but bad idea for online documents that have an expected
    future lifetime....

    > Bill

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