An assessment of the Unicode standard

Kurt Mueller kurt.alfred.mueller at
Tue Sep 1 10:47:05 CEST 2009

Am 01.09.2009 um 09:39 schrieb Terry Reedy:

>> But this same problem also extends into monies, nation states, units
>> of measure, etc.

> There is, of course, an international system of measure. The US is  
> the only major holdout. (I recall Burma, or somesuch, is another.)  
> An interesting proposition would be for the US to adopt the metric  
> system in exchange for the rest of the world adopting simplified  
> basic English as a common language.

The SI-system is nearly universally employed.
Three principal exceptions are Burma (Myanmar), Liberia, and the  
United States.
The United Kingdom has officially adopted the International System of  
but not with the intention of replacing customary measures entirely.
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When I was a student, they told us, that in a couple of years there  
will be
the SI-system only, because most countries accepted it in their laws.
So we should adopt it.
That was in the early 70ties.
Only this year we have to deliver results of technical processes to  
and US companies. They still want them in their "crazy outdated" units.

The other thing would be the US to adopt a "simplified basic English".
I would not be astonished, that british people would state,
that they already do :-)


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