Public Review Issue #101
Proposal to Encode an External Link Sign
The UTC has received a proposal to encode an EXTERNAL LINK SIGN
as a character. The proposal itself is available for review.
The UTC is seeking public feedback on the advisability of encoding
this symbol as a character. In particular, feedback on the
following questions is sought:
- Is the use of an icon (current online practice for external
reference links) or the use of a text character (which would
require encoding a new character) more appropriate?
- Besides widespread usage of the icon for external reference
links on Wikipedia and similar sites, what other graphic
forms are used and considered to be equivalent in function?
- Is the external reference link icon mirrored in right-to-left
contexts? Should it be?
- If a character is required, would it be relevant and sufficient
to encode a single, generic external reference link symbol,
expecting it to take different forms in different fonts, or
would a number of different symbols be required, based on
a range of distinct graphic forms?
The UTC particularly invites publishers of websites making use
of external reference icons to provide their input and opinions,
to indicate whether current practice is sufficient and satisfactory,
or whether the encoding of one (or more) character(s) for this
symbol would be useful.