Re: [unrev-II] However this will not prevent the coming Internet/Unicode nightmare

From: Lee Iverson (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 15:59:33 PST

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    In message <001501c08ca3$56acd8a0$1f3619d0@computer>, "N. C a r r o l l" writes
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: Eugene Eric Kim <>
    >> This piece describes how people in China are forgetting how to write
    >> Chinese characters because of word processors.
    >An interesting article. I imagine the loss of writing skill *must*
    >eventually handicap reading ability.
    >However, it won't happen tomorrow. And in that light: I work
    >with a programmer/linguist who assures me that all hell is about
    >to break loose over who gets to use the 56,000 characters of
    >Unicode. By the time you add together Han, Katakana, Hiragana,
    >not to mention Hancha, you're at some 70k characters. But the
    >fun only begins there. My colleague assures me that the world's
    >characters add up to about 150,000. He's writing a paper
    >about it -- I'll post the link.

    Luckily, ISO (ISO/IEC 10646) has understood this and Unicode (aka UCS-2)
    is only one of the possible UCS encodings. UCS-4 gives a full 32 bit
    integer per character and lives up to the universalist's most
    stringent requirements.

    A decent intro can be found at:


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