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"Coming Soon to Unicode" Pipeline Table

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The Unicode Consortium announced they they had created a Unicode "Pipeline Table" page of characters scheduled for future versions of Unicode.

The table is organized by projected UCS code point number, but they are in various stages of the proposal process. Although dates of acceptance to a particular stage are posted, the target future version is not listed. Although many specifications look complete, the Unicode Consortium does warn that they are subject to change.

If you are interested in entire script blocks (particularly Ancient and lesser-known Indian scripts) coming to Unicode, you can go to the Proposed New Script page. The caveat that "things are subject to change" also applies here.

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And now a Time.ly Po.st from...

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Ever since I learned that .tv sites are actually from domains registered in the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu, I keep an eye for unusual domain suffixes. One of my former favorites was del.icio.us (using the rare .us domain suffix for United States). I'm sorry it's now officially delicious.com.

My new favorite may be the bit.ly addresses used for short URL aliases (similar to tinyurl.com aliases). But at some point, I finally had to ask...where is .ly? Answer: It's Libya. You can look it up at http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/internet%20domain%20suffixes.htm (out of Belgium.

Of course, there are many more opportunities out there to explore - like .al (Albania), .an (Netherlands Antillies) .er (Eritrea), .es (Spain) .it (Italy), .in (India) and even .um (US Minor Outlying Islands). Spanish Web services may find .ar (Argentina), .er (Eretria) and .ir (Iran) interesting since these are all verb ifinitives endings. You can see even more options at this globalbydesign.com blog post. As you can see, the only barrier is our imagination and a nation's willingness to participate in these pun schemes.

This is nothing new, but always fun to observe and ponder...who are these people who provide us our popular online services? I was interested to note that bit.ly has apparently branched to j.mp where .mp are the Northern Mariana Islands.

P.S. The .st suffix is São Tomé and Principe.

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Yale Chinese Support Site

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Despite some of my previous entries, it's a fact that I really know very little about Chinese writing (I think I can recognize the characters 1,2,3). But if I really had to figure out what was going on the first place I would probably go to is Yale Chinese Mac which started back in the Mac Classic days.

Ironically though, the site is no longer just Chinese on a Mac, but includes information on Chinese on Windows, Chinese on Palm Pilot, encodings, free fonts and more. Many mysteries can be resolved here. If only I could find one of these for every script!

URL: http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/

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List of Old Church Slavonic Fonts

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AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) has just posted a set of links to "Medieval Slavic Fonts" for Old Church Slavonic, Glagolitic and Blackletter.

See http://www.aatseel.org/medieval_slavic_font for more information

List includes Unicode fonts and older non-Unicode fonts

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