RE: Latin Script

From: Jonathan Rosenne (
Date: Wed Jul 14 2010 - 07:14:08 CDT

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    If we want to be complete, here it is:

    ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one
    member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that
    coordinates the system.

    ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the
    public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes
    are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated
    by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots
    uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships
    of industry associations.


    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: [] On
    > Behalf Of Julian Bradfield
    > Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:35 PM
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: Latin Script
    > On 2010-07-14, Jonathan Rosenne <> wrote:
    > > I would like to add, with respect to a concern you had raised a
    > number of times, that although the Unicode Consortium is a private
    > organization, ISO is an official inter-governmental organization.
    > This is not true. ISO is a non-governmental organization (it even says
    > so right on its "About ISO" web page).
    > The UK government, for example, has no representation on ISO, as the
    > UK government recognizes the BSI (a non-governmental body) as
    > the standards body for the UK, and the BSI is the UK member of ISO.
    > --
    > The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
    > Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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