Re: "Giga Character Set": Anything besides noise

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 17:25:14 EDT

At 10:01 AM -0800 10/11/00, David Starner wrote:
>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 code
>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?

Considering the fact that they say that CJK is done with a
pictographic writing system, they call a "beta," and they know
nothing about surrogates (just after a surface reading), I'd say they
don't know what they're talking about.

John H. Jenkins

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