Re: Panther PUA behavior

From: D. Starner (
Date: Tue Feb 03 2004 - 01:07:19 EST

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    > I hope Apple re-thinks this, because it makes PUA useless in plain text.

    That's because it is. Without further specification, the PUA is completely

    > end
    > users get to control display behavior by re-assigning PUA code points or
    > de-installing fonts, whereas they have no control and no visual
    > information if the OS just gives up.

    You can binary patch your OS to fix this behaviour. That's about as
    reasonable as reencoding your data or removing fonts until the system
    pseudo-randomly picks the right font.

    > So, for example, in Jaguar I had been using a PUA-based cuneiform font
    > for file and folder names, which I found to be very nice and very useful;

    Nice and useful? At least in my experiance, giving my folders names I can't
    write from the keyboard, that can't be displayed in many of the fonts on
    my system, is at best an affection. Using PUA characters for filenames is
    unportable and it's a marginal use, even among the uses of PUA characters.
    Given the choice between the private use area working right in wordprocessors
    and text editors or it working in filenames, I'd pick the first, and not
    be real sorry about disrupting the second.

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