From: Asmus Freytag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 05 2007 - 21:48:01 CST
On 5/5/2007 8:07 AM, Don Osborn wrote:
> Two quick and basic questions:
> 1) Is “character range” or “character block” the preferred term now?
> I’m assuming that they are pretty much synonymous but wanted to check
> before using one or the other for explaining Unicode to people without
> much knowledge of how it works. “Block” and “character block” (the
> latter as a crossref.) are in the Unicode glossary, but range is the
> term used in the title of the charts. Sorry this is a tedious question
> but it’s for a good purpose.
In Unicode, a block is a named entity associated with a range of
characters that is an integral multiple of 16.
That should provide the relation between these two terms. A 256
character range inside the Unified CJK Ideographs block, for example, is
not a block. (In 10646 it's called a 'row', if aligned on even 256
boundaries, but that's not a widely understood term out of context).
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