From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Apr 27 2005 - 03:40:21 CST
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.
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