Re: String name and Character Name

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Apr 27 2005 - 03:40:21 CST

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    On 27/04/2005 01:33, Asmus Freytag wrote:

    > At 03:05 AM 4/26/2005, Peter Kirk wrote:
    >> But neither Asmus nor Ken made your distinction. I hereby offer them
    >> the chance to do so. Ken and/or Asmus, do you, or the UTC, or TUS,
    >> recommend use of "character names plus annotations" (as distinct from
    >> Unicode character names proper) in user interfaces?
    > The proper form to ask for a decision by the UTC is to present a
    > well-formed proposal to the UTC, not to throw out challenges on a mail
    > list like this.
    OK. I have just submitted the following to

    > Use of character names in user interfaces

    > There seems to be some confusion on whether Unicode character names
    > are suitable for use in user interfaces. I understand from discussions
    > on the Unicode mailing list that the UTC does not recommend that these
    > names are used in user interfaces (nor does it recommend against
    > this). There are good reasons for not recommending this, not least
    > that there are known errors in these names which cannot be corrected
    > because of the Unicode stability policy.
    > But there are some places in the text of TUS 4.0 which seem to suggest
    > that Unicode charcater names are suitable for use in user interfaces,
    > e.g. section 16.1, subsection "Aliases", p.415. The result is
    > confusion among software developers about what is intended. Some
    > current software presents the Unicode character names to users,
    > including names which are obviously in error. This causes users to
    > select inappropriate characters and to lose confidence in Unicode.
    > My proposal is that the UTC should clarify the text of the standard to
    > make it clear that Unicode character names are not intended for use in
    > user interfaces, and to suggest that the names which should be used
    > for this purpose are the localised names which will be supplied
    > through CLDR, i.e. outside the formal scope of TUS.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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