Re: ?MP = Multi*lingual* plane?

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:23:53 -0800

On 27 Feb 2014, at 02:32, Shriramana Sharma <> wrote:

> Given that Unicode encodes scripts and not languages, how appropriate is it to call the BMP and the SMP as the multi*lingual* planes?

You are more than two decades late in asking this.

It may have seemed more appropriate in an 8-bit code page world where rather small subsets limited the number of languages accessible by one or another part of ISO/IEC 8859.

A new term like “multiscriptal” would not have been appropriate. File this under “We know the term ‘ideograph’ is a misnomer."

Michael Everson *

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