From: Kenneth Whistler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 05 2004 - 13:11:35 EST
> People *really shouldn't* ask "Does product X support Unicode version
> N?" They should be asking questions like "Can product X correctly
> perform function Y on such-and-such characters added in Unicode version
And he's absolutely right.
However, it is also clear that for the next decade at least
people will continue to ask the wrong questions about products
with regard to Unicode support, and we will continue to have to
find ways to meaningfully field thos questions.
It isn't really their fault. Outside the character mavens and
the I18N engineers actually working on the implementations
nobody can really be expected to understand the intricacies of
the standard's development or the complications of rolling out
various kinds of support for various groups of characters through
API's and functional modules of complex, distributed systems.
All they know is that Unicode 4.0 has been published, that
"supporting Unicode" is a good thing, and that product X is
reputed (or claims) to support Unicode 2.0 --- or whatever.
If nothing else, we have to find ways to answer the unanswerable
questions for government agencies, because they will find ways
to require support for Unicode Version N.N in procurement
processes, just like they find ways to require support for
GB 18030, for example.
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