Re: Unicode normative value [was. Re: VS: "French+" support by Unicode]

From: Andrew West (
Date: Tue Apr 15 2008 - 05:07:40 CDT

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    On 15/04/2008, Stephane Bortzmeyer <> wrote:
    > Just for the record, there is only one JFC in France and all other
    > French people involved in internationalisation use Unicode and not ISO
    > 10646 (one of the big reasons being that Unicode is available while
    > 10646 "may not be photocopied or reproduced in any form" - from the
    > licencing text).

    I do not think it is true to say that ISO/IEC 10646 is less available
    to public users than the Unicode Standard.

    Both standards may be purchased, and both standards are also available
    for free on the internet:

    Unicode at <>

    10646 at <>

    The main difference between the free versions is that the Unicode PDF
    files have printing disallowed, whereas the 10646 PDF files do allow
    printing, and the ISO Licence Agreement
    <> explicitly states that
    "You may print out and retain one-only printed copy of the PDF file".
    Therefore, in my opinion, the ISO standard is actually more accessible
    than the Unicode Standard.


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