Re: Corrections to Glagolitic

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 07:20:24 CDT

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    On 17/05/2005 11:50, Hans Aberg wrote:

    > ...
    > It can be instructive to check the history of ASCII. See for example
    > It says that the presently most widely used form is ANSI X3.4-1986. So
    > that standard has been in active use only 19 years.
    > So if ASCII based software now switches to use say UTF-8 instead,
    > which does not seems to be so difficult to achieve, the 25 year limit
    > on active use may apply to that one, too.

    Thank you, Hans. But I would suggest that ASCII is already obsolete, in
    that almost no one still uses it. In practice they have long been using
    supersets like any of the ISO-8859 variants or UTF-8. Of course many
    users in practice restrict themselves largely to the original ASCII
    subset. But I consider a standard which has been supersetted in this way
    as no longer in active use.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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