Re: String name and Character Name

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Sat Apr 16 2005 - 04:07:07 CST

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    On 15/04/2005 13:37, Otto Stolz wrote:

    > Hello Peter Kirk,
    > I had written:
    >> It would, however, be more useful to the general public, if you would
    >> communicate your
    >> knowledge through the official channels, ...
    > Quoting only part of the above, you have written:
    >> But I thought Ken had just told us that error reports on character
    >> names made through these channels would be ignored.
    > I was explicitely talking about the things that *can* be changed, viz.
    > the an-
    > notations for individual characters (TUS, chapter 16), the description
    > of the
    > individual scripts (TUS, chapters 7 through 15), and the Unicode
    > Character
    > Database. ...

    No, the context was very explicitly Unicode Character Names and any
    "actual error, or inaccuracy" found in such names, as was clear from the
    subject line and from the paragraph just before the one I quoted. Ed
    wished that errors in these names could be changed, and you recommended
    that such errors should be reported through these official channels. I
    note also that you claimed that these error reports would be "more
    useful to the general public", and so MichKa's catharsis theory doesn't
    apply here. Of course it would make sense to suggest an annotation, but
    a "suggested amendment" or "wording a correction" to such a name is
    quite explicitly a waste of time.

    > Unfortunately, this whole thread has focussed on the Unicode Character
    > Names;
    > however, these are only a small part of TUS. The annotations, e. g.,
    > are placed
    > next to them, yet they have apparently escaped the attention of some
    > contributors
    > to this thread.

    This thread is about Unicode Character Names. I am well aware of
    annotations. The problem is that most software offering to users a
    choice of characters, e.g. from a character map, does not display
    annotations fully. Anyway, if the official but incorrect character name
    is X, and the annotation says something "or Y", where Y is the correct
    name, or even "not really X but Y", and such an annotation is displayed,
    the result will simply be confusion for users.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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