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Re: Thoughts on current discussion around QR codes

From: Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth@adobe.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:43:37 +0000
To: Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>, Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, W3C DID Working Group <public-did-wg@w3.org>, Wolf McNally <wolf@wolfmcnally.com>
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Yes, GB18030 is a Chinese national standard for encoding of Chinese characters.  Conceptually like JIS in Japan or ASCII or ISO-Latin-1 for other countries.

FYI: CHF118 is the standard price for most ISO standards.
Remember that ISO makes its $$ selling their standards while allowing *free* membership in their standards process (vs. the W3C that *charges* for membership, but makes their standards free).   Everyone has to make a living and both approaches towards standards development are valid.

Leonard

From: Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 6:46 AM
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, W3C DID Working Group <public-did-wg@w3.org>, Wolf McNally <wolf@wolfmcnally.com>
Subject: Re: Thoughts on current discussion around QR codes
Resent-From: <public-credentials@w3.org>
Resent-Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Han Xin is a 2D bar code symbology intended particularly for the representation of Chinese characters. It appears to be based on the GB18030<https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffileformats.archiveteam.org%2Fwiki%2FGB18030&data=02%7C01%7Clrosenth%40adobe.com%7C4f6c4b477fb64d8e7edc08d7b2d5e5c6%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C637174504111315287&sdata=O4DuUaHlNiUcZjHOnIY9QcE8cZ3vbJ4Lu%2BF6IAdsnvU%3D&reserved=0> character encoding system, which encompasses Chinese and a number of other characters from Unicode<https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffileformats.archiveteam.org%2Fwiki%2FUnicode&data=02%7C01%7Clrosenth%40adobe.com%7C4f6c4b477fb64d8e7edc08d7b2d5e5c6%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C637174504111315287&sdata=5yq4AnRrA57I4X0cnIIlpvoQ6g738wQfLPh6qbe5w0c%3D&reserved=0>. It is a proprietary system whose formal spec is paywalled at a $147 price.

ISO price is

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