From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2012 16:07:13 -0600

1. The names of characters do not cause any kind of technical problem in using them. Letters called “Latin” in Unicode are used to write hundreds of languages that are not Latin. Different languages sometimes call the same letter by different names, and this is also not a technical problem.

2. Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic are different scripts, not just different alphabets within the same script, and the analogy with Bengali/Assamese is inappropriate. See Technical Note #26 for more information.

3. The order of characters in a code chart does not cause any kind of collation problem, because binary code point order is never assumed to be correct for language-appropriate collation.

4. If Unicode lacks any letters needed to write a particular language, and those letters cannot be formed from any combination of existing characters, then they should be added.

This “controversy” appears to be an exercise in cultural pride. It is not even a question of whether Unicode does or does not have a policy against renaming letters or blocks, or creating duplicate encodings. The fact is that there is no technical problem here that needs to be solved.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­
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