[Ltru] Language and script encoding standards

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Jul 14 19:38:07 CEST 2006

Martin Duerst scripsit:

> a) Transliterations for human users. These will continue to be
>    used.


> b) Transliterations for computers, i.e. to get around limitations
>    in encodings or software. Beta coding is clearly such an example.
>    These will die out. 

Beta code still has substantial advantages in its niche market:

1) It's easier to keyboard than full Unicode;

2) It's easier to extend by agreement, and continues to handle
matters that are either not yet in Unicode or will never be in
Unicode, being appropriate for high-level protocols.

Don't count it out yet.

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