On 3/13/2019 2:42 AM, Janusz S. Bień via Unicode wrote:
On Mon, Jul 16 2018 at 7:07 +02, Janusz S. Bień via Unicode wrote:
FAQ (http://unicode.org/faq/vs.html) states:
For historic scripts, the variation sequence provides a useful tool,
because it can show mistaken or nonce glyphs and relate them to the
base character. It can also be used to reflect the views of
scholars, who may see the relation between the glyphs and base
characters differently. Also, new variation sequences can be added
for new variant appearances (and their relation to the base
characters) as more evidence is discovered.
I'm proof-reading a paper where I quote the above fragment and to my
surprise I noticed it's no longer present in the FAQ.
That text is, in fact, still present on the FAQ page in question:
So my question are:
1. Does the change mean the change of the official policy of the
Your premise here, however, is mistaken. The FAQ pages do *not*, and
never have represented official policy of the Unicode Consortium. The
individual FAQ entries are contributed by many people -- some
attributed, and some not. They are updated or added to periodically by
various editors, in response to feedback, or as old entries grow
out-dated, or new issues arise. Those updates are editorial, and do not
reflect any official decision process by Unicode technical committees or
officers. The FAQ main page itself points out that "The FAQs are
contributed by many people," and invites the public to submit possible
new entries for editing and addition to the list of FAQs.
For official technical content, refer to the published technical
specifications themselves, which are carefully controlled, versioned,
For official policies of the Unicode Consortium, refer to the Unicode
Consortium policies page, which is also carefully controlled:
2. Are the archival versions of the FAQ available somewhere?
3. Are the changes to the FAQ documented somehow (a version control