Re: ASCII and Unicode lifespan

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Wed May 18 2005 - 22:04:01 CDT

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    At 05:18 AM 5/18/2005, Peter Kirk wrote:
    >The United States, Canada, and in part Mexico, are today the only
    >industrialized nations in which the ISO standard paper sizes are not yet
    >widely used.
    >Some of these paper sizes were a French standard as long ago as 1794! The
    >modern form of the system was introduced as a German standard in 1922, and
    >in most of Europe by the 1950's - ironically last of all in France in
    >1967. So this is nothing to do with the "eurocrats" of the European Union.

    The Napoleonic occupation of much of Europe certainly did a lot to spread
    many of these innovations across the continent. Presumably it's also part
    of the reason for the Anglo-Saxon resistance....


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