The (Klingon) Empire Strikes Back

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Tue Nov 15 11:44:13 CST 2016

I'm a little confused.  I thought that the primary reason Cirth and Tengwar were on the roadmap - and not actually encoded - were because of the IP concerns?  (I confess to not following them very closely, so I may be wrong.)

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From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at] On Behalf Of Doug Ewell
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:40 AM
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Cc: Mark Shoulson <mark at>; Peter Constable <petercon at>
Subject: RE: The (Klingon) Empire Strikes Back

Peter Constable wrote:

> Klingon _should not_ be encoded so long as there are open IP issues.
> For that reason, I think it would be premature to place it in the 
> roadmap.

But Mark's point about removing it from the "Not the Roadmap" page, which categorizes it among "Scripts (or pseudoscripts) which have been investigated and rejected as unsuitable for encoding," may be a valid one. There is a difference between "unsuitable for encoding" and "might turn out to be unencodable due to IP issues."
Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US |

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