Peter Bex writes:
Adding Unicode is perhaps too big of a change (but at least it's optional).
Well, you can't please everybody: ticket #493 complains because Unicode isn't mandatory, this one because it isn't omitted altogether. I proposed UnicodeCowan, which is substantially what WG1 adopted, on the following principles:
I think that's the best that a small language that is also a modern language can do. Again, see my ballot for a discussion of the difference between the "best possible result" and "the best result possible".
The WG decided by unanimous consent to take no action on this ticket.