RE: Unicode Inc

From: Erkki I. Kolehmainen (
Date: Mon May 31 2010 - 16:07:40 CDT

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    Dear Tulasi,

    May be I could explain this somewhat. The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit
    The purpose of the Unicode Consortium is to produce standards for use by the
    ICT industry (where a very large number of individual companies clearly
    operate for profit). These standards cover character encoding and related
    subjects (e.g., ordering), done in co-operation with the subcommittee SC2 of
    the Joint Technical Committee 1 of the international formal standardization
    organizations ISO and IEC. The Unicode Consortium has also assumed the
    responsibility to develop and maintain the Common Locale Data Repository,
    which is used by a very large number of IT companies to localize their

    There are several levels of members in the Unicode Consortium (which is
    reflected in the size of the membership fees). In addition to the corporate
    and organization members there are also individual members, of which I am


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    Behalf Of Tulasi
    Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 10:33 PM
    To: Unicode Discussion
    Subject: Re: Unicode Inc

    Thanks Mark for posting the links!
    My posting was based on
    where in the bottom it said Unicode Inc.

    Looks like the elected members from consortium
    forms Unicode Inc.

    Am I correct?

    In this link
    it looks like less than 100 members in the consortium.
    How many members currently do you have who can vote to elect?

    says Unicode consortium is non-profit organization.

    Recently I have purchased Windows 7 from Microsoft Corporation This product
    has Unicode fonts for number of language.

    But Microsoft Corporation is for profit.
    So it looks like Unicode Inc is for profit through its elected officials,
    but Unicode consortium is non-profit.

    Am I correct?

    I still do not understand:
    What is the role of this Director exactly?


    From: Mark Davis <>
    Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 09:14:00 -0700
    Subject: Re: Unicode Inc
    To: Tulasi <>
    Cc: Unicode Discussion <>

    See The consortium is
    constituted according to its bylaws:

    Roughly, it is constituted by its membership:, which elects the directors
    yearly. The officers report to the directors, and are responsible for the
    running of the consortium. The technical work is delegated to the technical
    committees, which operate according to their procedures.

    The background of the officers and directors can be found on For a historical view, see


    On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 17:32, Tulasi <> wrote:

    I am new to this group.
    I am browsing
    It looks like Unicode Inc is formed by
    Google, Inc.
    Microsoft Corporation
    IBM Corporation

    Have I understood correct?

    Also it looks like Unicode Incorporate has one director to represent whole
    Asia, while Asia has more languages than any continent.

    What is the role of this Director exactly?


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