Re: Proposing UTF-21/24

From: Marion Gunn (
Date: Wed Jan 24 2007 - 08:32:59 CST

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    Thanks for your clarification, Addison, which, as usual, makes sense.

    On 24 Jan 2007, at 04:58, scríobh Addison Phillips:
    > To be very specific, far more of the Web consists of Britney Spears
    > than it does of supplemental characters. As an epitaph for our
    > civilization, perhaps not very promising.

    Whose civilization would that be, now?:-)
    2007-01-24 14:32 GMT

    On 23 Jan 2007, at 18:59, Addison Phillips:

    > Hi Marion,
    > Thanks for the note. If we were talking about the distribution of
    > *language* text, I would agree. But the measurement of markup as a
    > relation to actual text is different. HTML tags and other markup
    > are not language-bearing text and they consistently form about half
    > the overall "content" of the textual part(as opposed to graphics or
    > music files and such) of the Web. If we omit the markup, the range
    > and relative distribution of various scripts has evolved over time,
    > away from total domination by Latin scripts towards a more natural
    > distribution (notably Chinese in recent years and, I predict, much
    > more of the Indic scripts in this decade).
    > But even if we all switched to cuneiform for writing our languages,
    > the total volume of the Web that used supplemental characters would
    > only approach 50%, since half of the Web is angle brackets and
    > such :-).
    > It's a sneaky argument, but a valid one nonetheless.
    > Best Regards,
    > Addison

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