Unicode conformance, short version

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Mar 4 23:00:30 GMT 1999

Unicode folks have seen this, but XML folks haven't.

Here's John's Own Version Of Unicode Conformance:

1) Unicode characters are 16 bits long; deal with it.
2) Byte order is only an issue in files.
3) If you don't have a clue, assume big-endian.
4) Loose surrogates don't mean jack.
5) Neither do U+FFFE and U+FFFF (a.k.a. the zigamorph).
6) Leave the unassigned codepoints alone.
7) It's OK to be ignorant about a character, but not plain wrong.
8) Subsets are strictly up to you.
9) Canonical equivalence matters.
10) Don't garble what you don't understand.

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warranties (including implicit warranties of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose) are void.  Freely reusable,
except that John Cowan asserts the moral right to be known as author.

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	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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