ISO standards -- Was: extra character entities

William F. Hammond (hammond@csc.albany.edu)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 11:00:29 -0400 (EDT)


From: "William F. Hammond" <hammond@csc.albany.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 11:00:29 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199607121500.LAA24754@phoebe.math.albany.edu>
To: 100320.1303@CompuServe.COM
Subject: ISO standards  -- Was:  extra character entities
Cc: www-html@w3.org

: ISO 10646 contains a large collection of printing characters. Here are
: some dashes and spaces (from Unicode - ISO does not make their texts
: available):

Hellooooo

There is a conflict between the purpose of setting standards and the
practice of price-rationing the distribution of standard-setting
information.

Standards that are not net-accessible are fading.

Organizations that want to recover costs but also want to have
influence should consider two-tiered publication:

Tier 1:  Free without restriction on redistribution as layered hypertext.

            This can only be printed as an ugly jumbled mess.
            (And many who choose to print will do so with
            "print-screen".)  If there is a limit on
            redistribution in this form and if the material
            does have influence, then network requests pointed
            at a small number of servers are likely to be a
            problem.  Original serving sites should offer
            "tarballs".

Tier 2:  Nicely printed and bound in traditional form for a price.

Of course, both tiers flow automatically from an "original" in a
suitable markup.  (I cannot suggest where one looks for that setup.)

It is possible for such a strategy to result in increased sales of the
printed form.  With a sufficient level of influence and interest, the
price can be set within a reasonable proximity of marginal cost.

                                   -- Bill