Re: Level of Unicode support required for various languages

From: James Kass (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2007 - 22:35:28 CDT

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    David Starner wrote,

    >The character set standards of China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea were
    >completely included in the BMP. The sets of characters that computer
    >users of CJKV characters were actually using are all in the BMP. That
    >was not a first come, first serve policy. Unicode continued to add the
    >characters that the standards bodies of those nations thought were
    >important to the BMP for several years. It was not a first come, first
    >serve basis.

    How could it have been done other than first come, first served?
    The "first come" were the official character set standards David
    Starner mentions.

    CJKV users have used non-official characters, though.

    The Mojikyo fonts and software offered some 80000 "characters"
    as early as 1999. (The number is larger now.)

    As an unverified assertion, I'd say that some of those Mojikyo
    characters are now in Plane Two of Unicode.

    >Short of God handing the next set of Han ideographs down from Mt.
    >Sinai on stone tablets, I don't know what improvements can be made.

    If tickets go on sale, someone should tell us.

    Best regards,

    James Kass

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