[unrev-II] Why Unicode Won't Work on the Internet - white paper

From: N. C a r r o l l (ncarroll@hastingsresearch.com)
Date: Mon Jun 04 2001 - 12:02:33 PDT

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    "Why Unicode Won't Work on the Internet:
                 Linguistic, Political, and Technical Limitations


    Unicode, the commercial equivalent of UCS-2 (ISO 10646-1), has been
    widely assumed to be a comprehensive solution for electronically mapping
    all the characters of the world's languages, being a 16-bit character
    definition allowing a theoretical total of over 65,000 characters. However,
    the complete character sets of the world add up to over 170,000
    characters. This paper summarizes the political turmoil and technical
    incompatibilities that are beginning to manifest themselves on the
    Internet as a consequence of that oversight. (For the more technically
    inclined: Unicode 3.1 won't work either.)



    Comments particularly welcome from members of
    Bootstrap Alliance Japan.


    Nicholas Carroll
    Travel: ncarroll@iname.com

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