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

From: Mark E. Shoulson <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:29:13 -0400

On 08/19/2011 05:07 PM, Doug Ewell wrote:
> "Mark E. Shoulson"<mark at kli dot org> wrote:
>> 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.
> Technically, I think 10646 was always limited to 32,768 planes so that
> one could always address a code point with a 32-bit signed integer (a
> nod to the Java fans).
Whew! So I guess it wasn't THAT many characters anyway... :)

(Like Hofstadter's story about the professor who says that she
calculates that the sun will burn out in 5 billion years. A nervous
voice in the back of the room asks "h-how soon again?" "5 billion
years." "Whew!" says the voice, sounding relieved. "For a minute I
thought you said only 5 *million*")

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