From: Asmus Freytag (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Feb 19 2003 - 14:05:13 EST
At 12:57 PM 2/19/03 +0100, Dominikus Scherkl wrote:
> > But why is the Hot Beverage character listed under the
> > heading "Weather Symbol" in the Miscellaneous Symbols
> > code chart ?
>This is by far not the only place where the category in
>the character description is simply wrong - or gone wrong
>by the introduction of new characters which doesn't fit.
If you have issues with the Unicode BETA charts that you would like to see
addressed, please follow the instructions on
http://www.unicode.org/versions/beta.html about providing beta feedback.
Nobody monitors this list for the purpose of extracting feedback buried in
the general discussions.
>Especially in the charts which already were pretty full
>new characters often have no place under the category
>they would fit - the charts become more and mor mixed up.
>(e.g. the new arabic presentation form is no currency symbol)
>I knew, there is no way to avoid this (nothing worse than
>an re-ordering can be done to an ongoing standard), but
>the category-names can (and I think should) be reviced.
In fact, they will be. The names list file that was used for the beta code
chart was machine-merged from the Unicode 3.2 nameslist plus the list of
proposed new characters. The tool does a good job merging blocks and
characters (since they have a code position or range that gives them a
fixec location in the list), but category headers and general comments (the
ones in italics in the list) don't always get merged correctly, or the fact
that the new characters interrupt an existing category is not apparent when
we work with the list of proposed characters.
The final nameslist will be machine-merged from a different source of data.
It will take the character codes, names and decompositions from the
Unidata.txt file in the Unicode Character Datatabase, and all the other
information from an 'annotation' file, from which the correct annotations
will be inserted into the nameslist at the correct place.
In the process of preparing the annotation file we review the information
and add subheaders and comments and make other changes. To see the best
available state of the nameslist, look at
'xxxx' are some letters that change with each beta draft level. [I just
looked, the new file is not there yet, but will be in a few days.]
That file is the plain text file that drives the charts generator. If you
see headers still missing in that file when it comes out, you might want to
send an official beta comment and we'll fix it. [We will not republish the
PDF beta charts before they are final, since that's a very time consuming
Technical Vice President
The Unicode Consortium
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