From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2008 - 12:01:36 CDT
Zabeeh Khan wrote:
>> Unicode character names can never be changed, no matter how "wrong"
>> anyone thinks they may be, because there are standards and
>> specifications that rely on these names never changing.
> Wow! what a great standard. huh!
In the world of formal standards, sometimes you find yourself with
conflicting requirements and have to choose the least troublesome
alternative. This is not always the case for informal standards or
In the case of character names, there are (so I have heard) other
standards that literally would not have adopted Unicode if it had not
promised character name stability. Most people on this list have run
into at least one example of a character name they wished could be
changed, but understand the need for stability.
Some people have also requested that existing characters be moved to a
different code point, so they would sort better without using a
collation algorithm. You can imagine how great that would be for
-- Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14 http://www.ewellic.org http://www1.ietf.org/html.charters/ltru-charter.html http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages ˆ
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