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Re: Fwd: Registration of 6 charsets

From: Keld Jørn Simonsen <keld@dkuug.dk>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 19:56:04 +0200
To: Antoine Leca <Antoine.Leca@renault.fr>
Cc: ietf-charsets@innosoft.com
Message-id: <20000407195604.B11126@light.dkuug.dk>
On Fri, Apr 07, 2000 at 05:55:52PM +0200, Antoine Leca wrote:
> Keld Jørn Simonsen wrote:
> > 
> > I regard Unicode as quite closed, as it costs about USD 12.000 a year to
> > have a say (voting rights) in the Consortium.
> 
> ... and about EUR 600 for an individual to join (as a "specialist";

And then you have no vote over the standard. That is no membership.
That kind of arrangement is actually forbidden if it was in Denmark.
(No membership without voting rights).

> > Only big companies can do this. It also shows that only about 20 very
> > big US companies have a voting rights in Unicode inc.
> 
> Too much of my surprise, figures are in fact lower: 1 UK company (Reuters),
> 1 German one (SAP), 1 Japanese one (JustSystem), 1 not-for-profit
> US organisation and 15 US companies (assuming I did not guess wrong on the
> few ones I do not know about): looks like a very low number to me...
> While I was figuring that ISO was a very closed world indeed, it looks like
> this is not an isolate case... Also, English-speaking companies seems to
> have a heavy weight (no, I do not want to be the editor of an hypothetic
> Catalan or French version, thanks! ;-))

I take that there are non-US firms there. 

ISO 10646-1 comes in both English and French.

Keld
Received on Friday, 7 April 2000 13:59:16 GMT

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