Re: hacked fonts in MS-Windows: rev. solidus vs Yen/Won(was..RE: Character identities)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Oct 25 2002 - 15:19:12 EDT

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    Jungshik Shin <jshin at mailaps dot org> wrote:

    > ...
    > MS-Windows has to provide distinct ways to enter 'reverse solidus' and
    > 'Yen/Won' sign (both full-width and half-width) in Japanese and Korean
    > IMEs.
    > ...

    Good points, well stated. To make matters worse, the keyboard
    references at Microsoft's Global Development subsite [1] show:

    1. for Korean, a won sign and the legend "U+005C Reverse Solidus\nWon
    2. for Japanese, a yen sign and the legend "U+005C Reverse Solidus\nYen

    This helps perpetuate the idea that U+005C could be either a reverse
    solidus, a won sign, or a yen sign, depending on the font. This is
    exactly what Unicode is *not* about. Microsoft usually understands

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California


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