RE: lag time in Unicode implementations in OS, etc?

From: Hart, Edwin F. (
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 15:24:45 EDT

Put your characters not defined in Unicode 3.0 in the Private Use Area. If
you need more space, select one of the Private Use Planes, which require the
use of UTF-16. Anything else can lead to incompatible and unpredictable
results in the future. Now, how you obtain fonts that support the Private
Use Area, I do not know.

Edwin F. Hart
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Elaine Keown" <>
To: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 9:57 AM
Subject: lag time in Unicode implementations in OS, etc?

> Hello,
> I'm writing to inquire about the "lag time" between when Unicode 3.0 hit
the street and when implementations in Windows NT, software tools, fonts,
etc. came out? Does stuff usually come out within 3 months, 6 months, ?
> Is there a central URL that keeps track of implementations, so you can
call it up and find out what OS, tool, etc has already implemented 3.0, 3.2?
> Also, if I just can't wait for Unicode 4.0, are there suggestions for how
to put the characters I'm waiting for into some block? I would like to
start programming soon with text markup symbols that I hope will be formally
available in 4.0 or maybe 3.2, whatever. I may need them for a thesis
project, for a text-processing algorithm.............. Is there a procedure
to do this?
> Thanks, Elaine

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