Doug Ewell <firstname.lastname@example.org> sayeth:
> I have been studying Technical Report #6 on the Standard Compression
> Scheme for Unicode*, and I am running into a problem that perhaps
> one of the gurus on this list can explain for me. In the example
> for Russian, the compressed data begins with an SC7 tag (0x17),
> which maps the subsequent characters 0x80 through 0xFF into the
> default position of (dynamic) window 7, as the accompanying text
> points out. However, according to Table X-5, the default offset for
> window 7 is 0xFF00. Window 2, on the other hand, does default to
> offset 0x0400 and would seem to be the correct window for Cyrillic
> (and is identified as such in the table). The proper tag would then
> be SC2 (0x12). Am I missing something, or is there an error in the
> technical report?
I have complained about this and other contradictions in tr6.html
earlier, see http://czyborra.com/scsu/errata.mbox.gz for details.
Try http://czyborra.com/zcat.cgi/scsu/errata.mbox.gz if you do not
have gzip <http://www.gzip.org/>.
> * What's wrong with the shorter and more straightforward "Standard
> Unicode Compression Scheme," anyway? Someone got a problem with
> the abbreviation?
Yes, "SUCS" sucks. The "UCS" part could easily be misunderstood as
standing for the Universal Character Set and that's not what it is
about: SCSU is a character encoding scheme and no new coded character
set. The SCSU only has the UCS as its underlying CCS. It is no
"SCSU" has been around for more than a year. The Reuters predecessor
was also called "RCSU". The sample implementation calls itself
"SCSU". I have requested IANA charset registration for that label. We
haven't had any complaints from some South Carolina State University
owning the "SCSU" trademark. So let us please stick to "SCSU".
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