Re: Abuse of Unicode name list?

From: David Starner (
Date: Sat Apr 09 2005 - 16:49:52 CST

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    On Apr 5, 2005 5:41 PM, John Hudson <> wrote:
    > No, it is not. MSKLC's use of Unicode names is *informative* too. It is a mnemonic aid to
    > confirming which Unicode character you are mapping to a particular key state. What would
    > you prefer? That MS invent its own character names, confusing users and generating ambiguity?

    The only users it will confuse are the ones that who are familiar with
    Unicode, and it's easy to provide them with standard names or numbers.
    Informative names don't have to be standardized and unchanging; there
    should just be a unambigious reference back to the standard in some
    way. The character names shouldn't be trying to be an unchanging
    reference for computer programmers and a way for Joe Shmo to find the
    character he wants.

    It'd be nice if Unicode provided a list of mnemonic names for Joe, but
    I don't see any reason for the Microsoft or anyone else not to
    customize them for their purposes.

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