> Sure, shorter character names will be more efficient IF ONE HAS TO TYPE
> THEM IN AS NAMES. While this may be necessary for a transition period
> until 10646-based editors are available, it definitely should not be seen
> as a long term solution. It is completely absurd to require human users
> to enter characters as names of characters. Nobody in their right mind
> is going to do this for a Japanese or Chinese text, or a Thai or Arabic
> text for that matter. Instead of coming up with ineffective interim solutions
> that will never be used, we should be building fully-enabled 10646 systems.
> A task which I have been working at now for the last three years.
I agree that the best thing is to have the real thing right there at
But this is not the case now, and it will take a long time before all
equipment will have all of 10646 easily accessible. And there will
even be new versions of 10646 with characters not in the older versions,
so there will always be the problem that some equipment cannot just
generate/display all of the current 10646. And thus there will
always be a need for a fallback representation.
Furthermore a fallback representation will increase the possibilities
of interoperation. Actually, with the mechanisms outlined in RFC 1345,
you can have all of 10646 capabilities on almost all current
hardware of today, making migration much smoother.
For the Japanese/Chinese input: well today it is much used in
those countries to type in the information in latin characters,
or in Hiragana, because having a full Han/Kanji keyboard is
just unmanageable. I understand that at least the Japanese are
quite happy with this method. This is very similar to typing in
a short identifier.
Also for Latin use, it is very commonplace to type a non-spacing
diacritic and then the base letter, my PC does that and it is an
established standard all over Europe and other places using such
characters. This is also very similar to typing in the short
identifier of RFC 1345.
So I do not think the inputting of character names for characters
is absurd, this is very similar to what is in wide use all over
the world today.