The (Klingon) Empire Strikes Back

Ken Whistler kenwhistler at
Tue Nov 15 19:15:58 CST 2016

On 11/15/2016 10:21 AM, Asmus Freytag wrote:
> Finally, I really can't understand the reluctance to place anything in 
> the roadmap. An entry in the roadmap is not a commitment to anything - 
> many scripts listed there face enormous obstacles before they could 
> even reach the stage of a well-founded proposal. And, until such a 
> proposal exists, there's no formal determination that a script has a 
> truly separate identity and meets the bar for encoding.

The barrier to putting it in the roadmap is the that it pIQaD is 
currently listed on *not*-the-roadmap:

as Mark Shoulsen has been repeatedly pointing out.

It would be inconsistent to add it to the SMP roadmap unless we delete 
it from not-the-roadmap.

And the reason that step has been stuck is because the UTC is still on 
record with a nonapproval notice for the Klingon script from 2001. 
(Based on Consensus 87-M3.)

So figure it out, folks. First bring to the UTC a proposal to reverse 
87-M3. (Not to *encode* pIQaD yet -- just, on the basis of the new, more 
mature proposal, to *entertain* appropriate discussion about suitability 
for encoding, by rescinding the prior determination of nonapproval.) If 
*that* proposal passed, then the nonapproval notice would also be 
dropped. If the nonapproval notice is dropped, the not-the-roadmap entry 
would be dropped. And if that is dropped, then the Roadmap committee 
would dig around for a tentative allocation slot, pending the 
determination of outcome for any other issues. Which then could focus on 
the next obstacle, which is IP and the unresolved risk of litigation.

In any case, folks should stop with with "Unfair! Unfair!" stuff, and 
just set to work, step-by-step, to deal with the items noted above. "A 
Klingon is trained to use everything around them to their advantage." 
O.k., I've just provided something useful -- go for it. And you won't 
even need a cloaking device.


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