RE: universal code and national code

From: Jony Rosenne (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2007 - 04:58:28 CST

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    In general, one must assume that the legacy encodings will be with us
    No one has the resources or justification to convert the vast amounts of
    legacy data that exist all over the globe.
    We should concentrate on minimizing the amount of new data in legacy codes,
    but this also can only be a slow process, basically when old systems are
    replaced by new ones. I do not expect Fortran and Cobol to support Unicode,
    and 8 bit operating systems are still common.
    On the other hand, modern software environments support interoperability
    with legacy encodings thus reducing the difficulty.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Luke Onslow
    Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2007 11:35 AM
    Subject: universal code and national code

    Dear all,
    What is the anticipation for all national codes to transition to universal
    code? i.e. Do countries have roadmaps to adopt Unicode in support with
    United Nations?
    One bad example is ISO-8859-15. I guess this was because of legacy systems.
    The European Union doesn't seem to have any targets. Does United States have
    any? What about China, Russia, Japan...?
    The technical problems are:
    1. Programming Languages
    2. Operating Systems
    3. Computers
    But above all have solutions apart from the financial consequences.
    Any guesses when all this will be sorted out?
    Luke Onslow


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