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Re: ConScript Unicode Registry

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Saturday, April 12, 2008, 3:37
Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> Hallo! > > On Fri, 11 Apr 2008 17:12:00 +0100, David McCann wrote: > >> "Systems vendors and/or software developers may need to reserve >> some private-use characters for internal use by their software." > > Which probably means, if I understand it correctly, that some > of the CSUR characters may trigger some kind of internal "magic" > in a web browser or other application that tries to read a text > containing them :( > >> The other problem is that most of the scripts registered sink without >> trace. Apart from Tengwar, Cirth, Klingon, and Vedurian, most of the >> links given are now broken. There doesn't seem to be much sense in >> registering scripts unless there is a real community of users, not just >> a proud inventor. I can see why Unicode is cautious.
CSUR doesn't really have anything to do with Unicode; it's just an assignment of Private Use characters. There's nothing stopping us from setting up a new encoding (which now that Unicode has a bigger block of Private Use characters in planes 15 and 16, there should be plenty of room for new scripts to be added as needed).
> Yes. I also notice how many codepoints have been gobbled up by > the creations of a single conlanger! The problem is that there > are so many conscripts with so few users that the whole enterprise > becomes impractical and pointless.
I did ask at the time what was appropriate to submit to the CSUR, and I only submitted the scripts I thought I was likely to use. It turns out that the scripts I've actually used for the most part were created after the CSUR, and most of the ones included there haven't had much recent use. Of the ones I've actually used, technical issues prevent me from making usable fonts for many of them.