Date: Sat Mar 01 2008 - 19:07:21 CST
Quoting David Starner <email@example.com>:
> On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 7:29 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
IPA and math characters are scripts. Yes the are small percentagr of
various non-script characters. The key is whether or not significant.
> 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.
Agreed having a tool which provides a trans-script solution and
acheive internationalisation is in general beneficial to all concerned.
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