[Pkg-fonts-devel] Co-maintain fonts-cns11643

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Wed Dec 24 15:09:07 UTC 2014

Quoting Paul Wise (2014-12-24 15:11:51)
> On Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM, Shih-Yuan Lee (FourDollars) wrote:
>> I am the maintainer of 
>> https://packages.qa.debian.org/f/fonts-cns11643.html. CNS11643 is the 
>> national encoding standard in Taiwan [1] from 
>> http://data.gov.tw/node/5961.
> It is interesting they don't use Unicode as the standard encoding, is 
> there a story behind that decision?

An english page at the official CNS11643 site has some historic info: 

Seems to me that it predates (at least the the time of success for) 
Unicode, and is maintained for legacy reasons: Above site mentions that 
"Unicode and CNS codes can be fully cross-referenced".

(As a somewhat relevant sidenote, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big5> 
mentions that one of the many attempts at Unicode-ifying Big5 went stale 
due to bancruptcy of the driving organisation)

According to <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNS_11643>, CNS11643 is the 
official chinese encoding (with "big5" being only de facto standard). 
The taiwanese variant of CNS11643 is also called EUC-TW, with technical 
details at <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Unix_Code#EUC-TW>.

 - Jonas

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