Re: Myanmar Page @ Chapter 11

From: David Starner (
Date: Sat Mar 01 2008 - 18:48:54 CST

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    On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 7:29 PM, <> wrote:
    > Unicode intends to be a collection of all significant scripts, whether
    > past, present or future. Admittedly it does include some of the above
    > but this was not the intent.

    No, the people who make Unicode obviously don't intend to be merely a
    collection of all significant scripts. From the earliest records of
    UNIDATA/DerivedAge.txt, IPA and math characters have been part of
    Unicode, and those collections have continued to be added to. In fact,
    256 rows, everything under U+2xxx, were blocked out for non-scripts,
    for things such as math, box drawing symbols, and various dingbats and

    From the opposite perspective, Unicode is a tool of Microsoft, IBM,
    and other various members. For that, they want to encode everything
    that people want to type in Word and Java and all the other programs
    they create. Unicode was created so Microsoft didn't have to create an
    ad-hoc tool to get proper Myanmar fractions in Word, them instead
    falling out trivially from the combination of the right fonts and
    Unicode support.

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