RE: Version(s) of Unicode supported by various versions of Microsoft Windows

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Fri Mar 05 2004 - 13:11:35 EST

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    Peter said:

    > 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
    > N?"

    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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