From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Feb 23 2003 - 14:26:42 EST
Werner LEMBERG <wl at gnu dot org> wrote:
> At least in Germany it is quite common to indicate the birth year with
> a leading black five-pointed star and the death year with a leading
> cross, resembling a dagger. Similarly, the year of marriage is
> depicted as two intertwined circles. How will this be represented in
> Unicode? Are there characters for it?
> I've found a glyph in Jörg Knappen's TC fonts (text companion fonts
> for his EC font family for TeX) called `guarani sign' for the currency
> of Paraguay. It is a capital letter G with a vertical bar through the
> whole glyph.
I think the "five-pointed star" used to denote a birth year is just an
asterisk, U+002A. If you need something that really looks like a
five-pointed star, try U+2605.
The dagger representing a death year is U+2020. Ken Whistler had a
pertinent comment on this particular case:
Remember that these are just symbols, so rather than requiring a new
symbol with your particular semantics, it's OK to find something already
encoded that "looks right" and use it (an exception to Jukka Korpela's
I can't find the two intertwined circles or the G with vertical bar, so
these *may* be candidates for encoding in a future version of Unicode if
a proper proposal is written and accepted. (These e-mail discussions do
not constitute a proposal, though they may be the foundation for one.)
In the meantime, I'd just use "PYG" for the Paraguayan currency symbol.
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