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Re: location of UnicodeData.txt


On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 10:47:02PM +0200, Richard Braakman wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 07:02:07PM +0100, Emile van Bergen wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 11:47:52AM -0600, John Hasler wrote:
> >
> > > Is it possible to create other Unicode tables that serve the same purpose
> > > as that one and differ from it non-trivially?
> > 
> > Good question. Under your reasoning, merely writing the list down from
> > the unicode spec, possibly using | as separators instead of :, should do
> > the trick.
> Note that this file _is_ part of the unicode spec.  As far as I know the
> character attributes are defined nowhere else.  So "writing the list down
> from the unicode spec" means copying the file.

So the spec is the implementation, and a copyrighted implementation at

That's lousy, to say the least. So all programs that follow the full
Unicode spec are derived works of the implementation of the standard
found in that copyrighted table, and have to carry the copyright and
disclaimer notice mandated by the Unicode consortium?

If so, Unicode cannot be regarded an unencumbered standard, if you're
strict about it. 



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