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   RE: ISO 10646 vs. Unicode in XML specs

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  • From: "DuCharme, Robert" <Robert.DuCharme@moodys.com>
  • To: XMLDev list <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 18:26:51 -0400

>In other words, is there any technical reason at all why ISO 
>10646 was chosen over Unicode as the defining document
>for character sets, or was it purely a political decision?

The way it was once explained to me, neither is chosen over the other for a
deliberate reason: by announcing support for both of these coordinated
standards, the XML WG wanted to avoid giving the impression that if the two
ever diverged that they would follow one in particular. They did it this way
precisely to discourage any future divergence.

Bob DuCharme          www.snee.com/bob           <bob@  
snee.com>  "The elements be kind to thee, and make thy
spirits all of comfort!" Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii


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