Re: character names (questions)

From: Alain LaBonté  (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2000 - 14:02:34 EDT

À 00:10 2000-04-06 -0800, Viranga Ratnaike a écrit:
> (4) why are they called "character names" and not "code point
> names"?

[Alain] Because names are for humans, and names are related mainly to what
one sees on paper.

Btw there are normative character names in French too. Nothing precludes to
name characters in any other lannguage as it has always be done in the past.

The only language-independent way to refer to characters is not by using
long character names, but rather by UCS ids (U+xxxx). It is more efficient,
and machines do not need names that long to exchange information on
characters. If it is rather for humans, then a good user interface needs
present the info in the user's language. See also ISO/IEC 14755 (Input
methods to enter UCS characters) for principles of user interface character
name feedback.

Alain LaBonté
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