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Re: fribidi + joining/shaping

On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Nadim Shaikli wrote:

> where can I find those discussions or "consensus" that was noted on the
> Unicode bidi list (URL, archives, etc) ?

Unicode private archives. No public URL will be provided by Unicode
Consortium until the final decision gets incorporated in the Unicode

> The only Unicode mailing-lists I found were closed and required, oddly
> enough, a login (why ?). 

This is the way Unicode works. There is a public "unicode at unicode dot org"  
list for discussion about everything Unicode-related, but decisions are
made either in Unicode Technical Committee quarterly meetings or in
member-only mailing lists.

> A number of us here are very interested in the topic and would like to
> be a bit more involved in it.

If you want to get involved in the details of these (which I highly
recommend you to do so), the proper way is becoming a member of the
Unicode Consortium. Unfortunately I am not allowed to forward internal
emails to anyone outside the organization I represent at Unicode (which is
the High Council of Informatics of Iran).

You will need to select a membership type, among FULL, ASSOCIATE, LIAISON, 
or SPECIALIST. I will explain them here shortly:

FULL membership means voting rights. You will need to pay a $12,000
membership fee, and you can have as many people as you like in the
internal "unicoRe" list.

ASSOCIATE membership is participation in all levels, except voting rights.
It is $1,200 a year for non-profit organizations. You will need to select
a primary contact and two alternates which will become a member of the
"unicoRe" list.

LIAISON membership is for organizations with mutual interests with Unicode
Consortium. You don't need to pay anything, but the Consortium's directors
that decide about your membership.

SPECIALIST membership is for interested individuals. You need to pay $600
a year, and you will be subscribed to the "unicoRe" mailing list.

To be a part of other private lists, some member of the Consortium should
nominate you. The list admin will then decide if they want you in the
list, based on different factors.

Also, all paid memberships come with some discounts in buying Unicode
books and attending Unicode conferences.

For more detail, please see <http://www.unicode.org/consortium/join.html>
and <http://www.unicode.org/consortium/memblogo.html>. You can also ask me 
about any practical details that is not mentioned there.