Re: Code pages and Unicode (wasn't really: RE: Endangered Alphabets)

From: Mark E. Shoulson <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:45:07 -0400

On 08/19/2011 01:24 PM, John H. Jenkins wrote:
> In order to get the UTC and WG2 to agree to a major architectural
> change such as you're suggesting, you'd have to have some very solid
> evidence that it's needed—not an interesting idea, not potentially
> useful, but seriously *needed*. That's how surrogates and the astral
> planes came about—people came up with solid figures showing that
> 65,536 code points was not nearly enough. So far, the evidence
> suggests that we're in no danger of running out of code points.

And indeed, it went the other way too, back when ISO-10646 had not 17,
but 65536 *planes* and someone provided some reasonable evidence (or
just plain reasoned arguments) that 4.3 *billion* characters was
probably overkill.

Received on Fri Aug 19 2011 - 15:47:12 CDT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Fri Aug 19 2011 - 15:47:14 CDT