From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Mon May 31 2010 - 16:48:42 CDT

On 5/31/2010 2:12 PM, V. M. Kumaraswamy wrote:
> Hello all,
> Just a clarification an UNICODE.
Yes, Unicode (The Unicode Standard), is indeed a standard.

And no, the use of ALL CAPS is discouraged. The
proper spelling is "Unicode".
> that needs to be followed by all COUNTRIES ?
there's no requirement for anyone to be conformant
to the Unicode Standard. However, if you decide to
claim conformance, there are specific requirements that
you must meet, and they are defined in the Standard.
> Is UNICODE a CONSORTIUM to make certain
> guidlines that needs to be followed for CERTAIN CHARCTERISTICS ?
Yes, Unicode (The Unicode Consortium) is indeed a consortium.
If you just use "Unicode" as a shorthand, you need to rely on the
context of your communication to allow readers to understand
whether you mean the Standard or the Consortium.

The Unicode Consortium is the publisher of The Unicode
Standard as well as several other technical standards.

As with the Unicode Standard, there is no requirement
that you support these standards. But if you decide to
claim conformance to any of them, there are specific
requirements that you must meet.

Hope this makes the situation more clear.
> This si just to some input from all of you.
> Thanks
> Sincerely
> V. M. Kumaraswamy

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