The reason for providing an "Experimental Use" range is to preserve a range for use during early development. Although there are few practical differences between "Experimental Use" and "Private Use", the change both makes it clear that code points from this space should not be used long term or in shipping products and reduces the consumption of the scarce Capability Codes space expended for this purpose. Once classified as "Experimental Use", it should be considered difficult to reclassify the space for some other purpose in the future.
The reason for reserving the maximum value is that it may be useful in the future if extension of the number space is needed.
Since the range 128-255 was formerly designated "Private Use", implementors may have chosen to use code points within that range prior to publication of this document. For this reason, a survey was conducted beginning August 14, 2015 (version 01 of the individual draft [SCUDDER
]) to find any such uses. A number were contributed and were used to seed Table 2
. Of course, there can be no guarantee that all uses were discovered; however, the likelihood seems high that remaining uses, if any, genuinely do fall under the intended use of "Private Use" and are restricted to some special deployment and are not in wide use. Furthermore, any remaining uses would be no worse than any other code point collision, such as occasionally occurs with code point "squatting", and could be dealt with in the same manner.