RE: "Giga Character Set": Anything besides noise

From: Carl W. Brown (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 16:59:29 EDT


I have not but it seems like they are hawking it because they own the
patents on it and want to make money. But with "A different algorithm is
developed for each language" reminding me of the horror of codepages and
"GCS 'calculates' or derives the correct character and font" brings to mind
a glyph oriented system, it seems that GCS will be another DOA idea.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Starner []
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 11:02 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: "Giga Character Set": Anything besides noise

There is a document at
that describes the Giga Character Set, allegedly a superior character set to
Unicode. Outside the absurd attacks on Unicode ("Given the limited range
allocated for each language, . . . Unicode will run out of display codes.",
"Is it conceivable that the U.S. software industry would adopt a display
that could not computerize Shakespeare's Hamlet?"), they claim to have some
radically new system for character encoding. Has anyone seen this? Is there
any reality at all behind it, or is it just noise and slander?

David Starner -
And crawling, on the planet's face, some insects called the human race.
Lost in space, lost in time, and meaning.
	-- RHPS

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