Re: ASCII and Unicode lifespan

From: JFC (Jefsey) Morfin (
Date: Wed May 18 2005 - 07:14:34 CDT

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    At 12:34 18/05/2005, Raymond Mercier wrote:
    > >So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long
    > distance roads
    >A nice tale, but not the whole truth:
    >"A popular <>urban legend traces
    >the origin of the 4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm) gauge even further back then the
    >coalfields of northern England, pointing to the evidence of rutted roads
    >dating from the <>Roman Empire.
    >This legend is mostly false, however, except inasmuch that it shows a
    >historical tendency to place the wheels of vehicles approximately five
    >feet (1500 mm) apart."

    Try to use an other gauge and drive in Pompei's streets. This guys were
    tough on cross-walks.

    >However, while we are having fun with standards, can someone explain why
    >the length of A4 paper (European not U.S.) 29.7 cm, is identical to the
    >Roman foot ? Coincidence, or the product of sideways thinking by some
    >eurocrat ?

    Size of the monks A0 paper I suppose? Because a Roman Emperor and then a
    Pope had no spectacles, hence the size of the documents and books for them
    to read them.

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