Re: Frames & WWW

Chris Lilley, Computer Graphics Unit (
Wed, 16 Nov 1994 21:51:25 +0100

Phillip M. Hallam-Baker said, in amongst a bunch of other stuff:

> Until UNICODE based programming languages become comonplace I doubt that there
> will be much use for the UNICODE variants since most other text needing fancy
> fonts will have other formatting (eg HTML).


Let's pretend for a moment that the Web and indeed most of computing science was
all invented in Japan and supports only Kanji characters. Someone boldly
suggests that it would make a few people happy on the other side of the pacific
rim if a larger code space was used so we couild have, for example, a few code
pages for western european languages. These code pages make aup a fledgeling new
standard called ASCII

But then someone else say no, lets wait a bit. If people need this fancy spazzy
stuff they probably need other features as well - besides, hardly anyone is
using it

For people who use languages ill-served by ISO Latin 1, the extra characters are
not just fancy fonts, they are a means of just typing in ordinary text. You
can't get more basic than that.