Is the Unicode Standard "The foundation for all modern software and communications around the world"?
Peter Constable via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Thu Nov 21 17:30:12 CST 2019
I suspect if you look at the JPEG and MPEG standards you'll find there is a normative reference to Unicode or ISO/IEC 10646. Same for standards specifying C, ECMAScript and other languages in which modern software is written. So, arguably the statement isn't much of a stretch at all.
From: Unicode <unicode-bounces at unicode.org> On Behalf Of Costello, Roger L. via Unicode
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:00 AM
To: unicode at unicode.org
Subject: Is the Unicode Standard "The foundation for all modern software and communications around the world"?
Today I received an email from the Unicode organization. The email said this: (italics and yellow highlighting are mine)
The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smart phones-plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.).
That is a remarkable statement! But is it entirely true? Isn't it assuming that everything is text? What about binary information such as JPEG, GIF, MPEG, WAV; those are pretty core items to the Web, right? The Unicode Standard is silent about them, right? Isn't the above quote a bit misleading?
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