From: Jon Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 18 2004 - 11:27:06 EST
I believe there is a character missing from the standard. I would like
to apply to have it included, but I am a typography and Unicode novice,
so I require some assistance with the application process.
The character in question is a variant of "CIRCLED LATIN CAPITAL LETTER
A", commonly referred to as the "Anarchy" symbol. The bars of the A are
longer than normal, extending to touch or even overlap the circle.
See for example, http://www.4commongood.org/images/circlea.jpg
This character has a distinct history and meaning, and I believe it to
be suitable for inclusion in Unicode as a separate character from
CIRCLED LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A.
As I understand it, I need to do the following:
1) Check that the character does not already exist within the Unicode
standard. I don't think it does, but someone more familiar with it may
wish to double check
2) Establish that no existing characters would do as replacements. As I
see it, CIRCLED LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A is different both typographically
3) Decide on a name for the character.
4) Determine a suitable code-page for the character
5) Write a formal description of the properties and shape of the character.
6) Create or find a computerised font representation of the character
7) Collect suitable references to justify the inclusion of the character
in the Unicode standard. A quick google search give many leads to be
followed up in this area.
In the spirit of anarchy, I am likely to pursue this application,
whatever response I get! Equally in the spirit of anarchy, you are free
to make provide whatever comments and assistance you wish, on any of the
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