Re: [OT] Reusing the same property (was: RE: PRI #202: Extensions to NameAliases.txt for Unicode 6.1.0)

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:17:26 +0200

2011/8/31 Doug Ewell <>:
> Sorry for the non-Unicode digression.

This is not so much out of topic, given that the Unicode standard
makes normative references to the ISO 639 standard (and a few others),
and the UTC has also published, as part of its policies, statements of
its position about the openness of these standards (namely, ISO
standards for the idenfification or languages, geographic areas, and

I would probably add to the list the ISO standard related to date
formats, collation, identification of scripts (whose the Unicode
Consortium is hosting the registry), and probably a few others that
may be needed for the CLDR project.

And may be in some future, some QA standards (part of the ISO 9000
series?) needed as worldwide and interoperable set of best practices
(including for the normalization process itself), which may look too
much administrative for now, but that may often be automated, in order
to reduce development and maintenance costs, or to avoid some errors
(most of them due to omissions and lack of a formal and permanent open
survey of all possible uses). For such thing, these standards may help
communicating with users that have less technical backgrounds, because
it can be suported by tools providing some QA tests to disambiguate
the communications and make them more precise, and to make problems
and solutions easier to sort or to schedule for their resolutions or

-- Philippe.
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