Lotsa laughs

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Tue May 25 17:58:03 BST 1999

Chris Lilley wrote:

> ISO represents governments, not the international community at large.

More exactly, it represents national standards bodies, only some
of which are governmental: ANSI, e.g., is a private U.S. nonprofit.

> For example. Tibetan is a language, but was not added into ISO 10646
> because Tibet is ruled by China.

Do you have evidence for this story?

IMHO Tibetan didn't make it into 10646:1993 because it's a hairy
script, not because of Chinese interference.  (It is now in
by amendment).  Unicode got involved between DIS-1 and DIS-2,
well before the publication of the unamended standard.

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan at ccil.org
	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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