Re: Announcement of Changes to the Unicode Membership structure

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Fri May 06 2005 - 15:51:40 CDT

  • Next message: Philippe Verdy: "Re: Data compression"

    From: "Rick McGowan" <>
    > Announcement of Changes to the Unicode Membership structure
    > Responding to its members, the Unicode Consortium has been expanding its
    > role to more fully cover all aspects of software internationalization.
    > This
    > is reflected in increased costs to the Consortium, which require an
    > increase in fees. To help ameliorate the effects of this, the Consortium
    > is
    > adding a new level of membership and slightly modifying the existing ones.
    > To provide a smoother transition to the new fees for members, the
    > Consortium is also making a special offer available until July 31. Current
    > and new members may choose to join, renew, or extend their membership by
    > one or more years at the current lower rate.
    > For more information see

    Instead of just increasing the prices, why not adding more intermediate
    levels that would allow some existing members to get additional rights, or
    even individual people to contribute too (the raise from $120 o $150 is not
    fun for individual users, and will probably only lower the number of
    subscribing individual people).

    OK you've added the "INSTITUTIONAL" membership but raised the participation
    from $9500 to $12000, i.e. the previous price for FULL membership; if those
    institutions could not find the money to spend $12000 in the past and become
    FULL members, this change will not please them, and they will finally decide
    to either retire from the project, instead of degrading their membership to
    only "SUPPORTING" at now $7500 (but with no vote even in technical

    So why not instead adding a "DONATOR" level, with a small fee about $30 to
    $50, that many individual could buy without necessarily buy a "INDIVIDUAL"
    membership at $120 ?

    Also Unicode now hosts several distinct projects, and this may participate
    to the raise of expenses. Why not dividing the membership for these extra
    projects (such as the CLDR and ISO15924) by providing them with some
    financial autonomy? Are all Unicode members interested in getting vote
    rights for these extra internationalization projects?

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Fri May 06 2005 - 15:52:38 CDT