Re: Naming of functional ASCII characters in Unicode

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 14:25:12 EDT

Instead of suggestions for renaming characters according to a particular
understanding of their usaga (it may even be a better understanding than
embodied in the original name), a more helpful thing would be for everybody
to start using the *full* unicode names list, including all the aliases and
explanatory information, as found on

For example the ASCII portion is at
A text only version of the information resides on the ftp site.

Or, you can refer to the nameslist and charts starting at page 335 in the
Unicode Standard, Version 3.0, ISBN 0-201-61633-5.

Within the bounds of practicality, Unicode will augment the information in
the annotated nameslist to provide shorthand information on the identity
and range of usage of a given Unicode character.

Even the annotated nameslist cannot cover all aspects of a character's
usage. More information on problematic characters, or overall script
behavior, is found in chapters 6-13 of the book. This information is not
available online.

To cut down on the reliance on the 'frozen' official name of a character,
it would be useful if those vendors providing character identification by
name could support access to the aliases defined by Unicode as well.


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