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Re: [xml-dev] Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?

Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Elliotte Harold wrote:
>> If we were to issue a new version of XML now, then Unicode 5.0 would 
>> suffice for all our lifetimes and likely way beyond. In fact, Unicode 
>> 3.0 pretty much took care of the last cases anyone is ever remotely 
>> likely to need.
> Is that true? Khmer and Mongolian are very much living languages, the 
> Wikipedia article on Amharic suggests that it uses Ethiopic characters, 
> new material in Cherokee has been showing up on the Web in Unicode, and 
> Canadian Syllabics seem to be used for a wide variety of Cree languages.

Yes it is. These languages were covered in Unicode 3. Unicode 4 added 
very little and Unicode 5 even less. Unless we discover a lost 
civilization at the center of the earth, there's simply not a big store 
of written languages left to encode.

It's a little unfortunate that Unicode 3 postdated XML 1.0. Otherwise 
this would all be a non-issue.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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