From: William Overington (WOverington@ngo.globalnet.co.uk)
Date: Wed Sep 25 2002 - 06:55:02 EDT
The recent discussion on sequences has led me to have a look through the
various combining characters and I have found the following.
U+20E3 COMBINING ENCLOSING KEYCAP
It has occurred to me that the use of a sequence of a base character, then
one or more combining characters so as to produce a sequence which would be
otherwise unlikely, followed by U+20E3 might be a very effective way to
include specialised markup systems within a plain text file without
disrupting the normal textual information conveying capabilities of a file.
An all-Unicode font would then produce a graphic representation of the key,
without any prior arrangement being necessary, so that such marked-up
sequences could be produced using just a regular all-Unicode plain text
editor. A receiving program with a specialized plug-in could then decode
the markup, or it could be decoded manually in some cases.
For example, I am looking at using the following sequence so as to produce a
special purpose key within documents.
U+2604 U+0302 U+20E3
Hopefully that sequence will be so unlikely to occur other than in my
specialised application that the sequence can be used uniquely for that
I am also thinking in terms of using the following sequence to indicate the
end of the markup sequence.
U+2604 U+0302 U+20E2
I have it in mind that characters in the range U+2460 through to U+2473
could be used before parameters within the markup system.
---- Also, I have noticed that in the document U02D0.pdf that U+20E4 is shown, in the listing, in magenta whereas U+20DF is shown in black. Could someone say what significance the magenta colouring in the document has please? Is it perhaps to indicate additions since the previous issue of the document? William Overington 25 September 2002
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