From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Nov 23 2006 - 13:15:39 CST
Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab dot unc dot edu> wrote:
> The creative commons symbols are not as widely used yet, but if they
> are or do become widely used, then I think they should be encoded on
> the same grounds the copyright sign is encoded.
That's the big "if." There aren't many symbols similar to the copyright
sign that are as widely used. If the CC symbols should take hold and
enter truly widespread use, not just among advocates of whatever
intellectual-property model they represent but among the general public,
then they should be encoded.
The problem comes when advocates insist that the new characters be
encoded before they have achieved that status, because they are "about
to" be widely used or represent some new and better world order that UTC
is suppressing or denying by not encoding them. There's a reason why
newly created "symbol" characters are generally not encoded before they
have achieved wide usage. The Euro sign is sometimes cited as a
counterexample, but in that singular case there was no possible doubt
that the character would be very widely used in the very near future
(and this has since been borne out).
-- Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14 http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/ http://www1.ietf.org/html.charters/ltru-charter.html http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages
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