Re: Unicode


Nathan Willis
 

With the colossal caveat that I am only a **consumer of** Unicode's deliverables, I could speak briefly to the concern at point #3:

On Mon, Oct 31, 2022 at 11:20 AM Till Jaeger via lists.spdx.org <jaeger=jbb.de@...> wrote:

3.
To me it seems that the "UnicodeĀ® Copyright and Terms of Use" are more
or less ToU for a website and all redistributables are under "Unicode-DFS".

This is certainly inconvenient, but the Unicode site does host quite a few items with practical application, but which aren't under the "DATA FILES" and "SOFTWARE" hierarchies spelled out in "B" of the TOU.

Namely, there is the whole "UnicodeĀ® Technical Site" at the entry point https://unicode.org/main.html ... which is different from the "Unicode site" at the entry point https://home.unicode.org/

Some of that "Technical Site" material covers projects and committees; there are also older documents, proposals, some data tables, things called "annexes" that I'm never 100% sure I understand the status of, and so on. My guess would be that there is a lot of legacy material from the organization's history that simply doesn't have a clear-cut, select-a-license-from-the-dropdown option.

Fortunately, a lot of that material is mostly needed as references, but I can certainly see how occasions would arise where quoting from it is necessary to squash a bug. I've had people attach screenshots from really old Unicode docs in discussion threads. So I wouldn't attempt to weigh in on the other issues (certainly keeping the text up-to-date sounds vital), but merely dropping the license from SPDX would likely affect (a few) projects downstream.

Nate

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