Re: On the possibility of encoding a portable interpretable object code into Unicode

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Thu Mar 26 2009 - 13:08:23 CST

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    On Wednesday, 25 March 2009, Doug Ewell <> wrote:
    > I'd suggest, then, that if William wants these to be
    > considered for encoding, it might be helpful to actually
    > build a virtual machine that interprets them and works
    > correctly, and see if it can be embedded in, or made widely
    > available as an add-on to, a popular product such as Adobe
    > Reader, Firefox, or Google Chrome. (It might help if this
    > mechanism is seen as strategically important to an
    > organization represented on the UTC.) Demonstrate that the
    > mechanism works, and ideally that it will not lead to a rash
    > of viruses and spyware and browser takeovers. Establish
    > popular usage in the PUA so that the
    > "interoperability" and "existing
    > implementations" arguments are compelling, and then
    > write your proposal for Unicode.

    Well, I have the problem of writing the interpreter. I am
    rather hoping that if I can generate interest in the idea
    then maybe someone who has the programming facilities,
    knowledge and skill to write the interpreter might do so and
    then publish it.

    Also, I am not thinking in terms of it being me who writes
    the proposal for Unicode. I am hoping that the idea of
    encoding a portable interpretable object code into regular
    Unicode will become of interest to many people and that many
    people can participate in designing the best system
    possible. I am not seeking to be in charge of that process.
    It needs people with expertise in advanced computing to
    guide the research and development.

    It may take many years to achieve.

    I have thought of some uses, such as multimedia
    broadcasting on digital television channels and also use in
    Ultracode labels. Readers are invited to think of other
    uses of a portable interpretable object code encoded into
    regular Unicode.

    William Overington

    26 March 2009

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