From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Apr 11 2003 - 16:12:35 EDT
No, Pim, this is a candidate for the need to add a new character.
At 21:55 +0200 2003-04-11, Pim Blokland wrote:
>Another candidate for for the Awful Character names would be U+0192.
>Its formal designation in the database is Latin letter small f with
>This is OK. However, this poor little overworked character has two
>1) It doubles as the guilder (florin) sign. In fact, this use is
>more widespread than the f with hook.
>Were we to accept this use, it wouldn't just be the name that would
>have to be changed; the general category and bidirectional category
>would change as well. And of course it wouldn't have an uppercase
>Even the appearance would change: while the f with hook looks like,
>well, an roman f with a left hook, the guilder looks like an italic
>f. It's not the same character at all!
>Suggested info for the UnicodeData database:
>2) The SGML definition calls it "function of". HTML entity name:
>ƒ. It now suddenly is a mathematical character.
>In this case too, not just the name should be changed, lots of other
>categories as well. And the appearance: to differentiate from a
>normal f, function of is often written as a script-f. (The irony is
>that this is exactly how it was called in Unicode 1.0.)
>Suggested info in the UnicodeData database:
>You know what? It won't work. Can't cram three different characters
>into the same codepoint. Forget it...
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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