[unrev-II] Apparently there's more to it.

From: N. C a r r o l l (ncarroll@hastingsresearch.com)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 12:37:38 PST

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    > >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:
    > http://www.nada.kth.se/i18n/ucs/unicode-iso10646-oview.html
    > Lee Iverson SRI International

    Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen that. Apparently there's more to it;
    for one, UCS-4 carries on the UCS-2 CJK character unification scheme,
    in which (C)hinese, (J)apanes, and (Korean) characters are considered to
    be identical. Since there are differences in how the nationalites write a
    given character, this is apparently not going over well in Asia. But I'm
    getting out of my depth here; I'll post a link to my colleague's paper
    when he's done.


    Nicholas Carroll
    Travel: ncarroll@iname.com

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