Re: String name and Character Name

From: Hans Aberg (
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 06:10:21 CST

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    Glancing briefly at the many local names of the "@" symbol, it
    suggests that Unicode should supply such localized descriptions.
    Somebody remarked that the Mac OS X properly admits one choosing a
    preference sequence of localizations. So, in addition to the
    character name, which usually is in English, only using the
    (meta-)characters A-Z and " ", one can have additional descriptions,
    expressed in files say using UTF-8. The character name will of course
    be important to uniquely identify the character, internationally, and
    in the computer, whereas the local, informal descriptions will better
    used in a localized computer environment. A Unicode palette should be
    encouraged to provide the character name, and then possibly in
    addition, local descriptions. If Unicode provides the right files,
    computer software can choose these local names automatically, when
    available. The character name has an advantage over the local
    descriptions, in that it is guaranteed to always exist.

       Hans Aberg

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