Re: ASCII and Unicode lifespan

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 09:59:46 CDT

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    On May 20, 2005, at 5:54 AM, Peter Kirk wrote:

    > Well, Klingon has been rejected, but Deseret and Shavian have been
    > encoded although I am unaware of any non-fantasy use of these
    > scripts, and Tengwar and Cirth, which are certainly fantasy
    > scripts, are roadmapped.

    I'm aware of only one "fantasy" use of Deseret -- in the movie "Plan
    10 from Outer Space" (not to be confused with the Ed Wood film with a
    similar title). Otherwise, it is currently used by hobbyists and had
    a small but not insignificant and decidedly serious use in Utah in
    the mid-19th century. (Ken Beesley has discovered that the first
    phonetic representation of Hopi is in Deseret, as it happens.)

    There is a user community actively promoting the use of Shavian
    today. The original publication of "Androcles and the Lion" isn't
    "fantasy" in the same sense that Tengwar and Cirth are.

    John H. Jenkins

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