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Holmes, WN 2000 , 'Toward Decent Text Encoding' , Computer, vol. 31, no. 8 , pp. 108-109 , doi: 10.1109/2.707621.

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This essay looks at the history of digital text encoding, from the early and very limited simple alphabetic encoding to the more recent gargantuan Unicode, and argues that each writing system should be separately encoded, with various languages being optimally and powerfully catered for under each encoding system.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: text encoding, ASCII, EBCDIC, Unicode, typography, text software
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.707621
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This essay has been more formally published as Essay 5.2 of the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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