Re: VCR technical symbols?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Aug 30 2005 - 04:02:23 CDT

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    At 17:45 -0700 2005-08-29, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    >The scope of the Unicode Standard (and ISO/IEC 10646) does
    >not extend to encoding every symbol or sign that bears
    >meaning in the world.

    Not every one, no. More than we have encoded, though.

    >This list has been round and round and round on this -- regular
    >as clockwork, about once a year, the topic comes up again.
    >And I see no indication that the UTC or WG2 are any closer
    >to concluding that bunches of icons should start being included
    >in the *character* encoding standards simply on the basis
    >of their being widespread and recognizable icons.

    I tend to err on the side of generosity. SHAMROCK. LITTER DUDE.

    >Where is the defensible line between "Fast Forward" and
    >"Women's Restroom" or "Right Lane Merge Ahead" or
    >"Danger Crocodiles No Swimming"?

    FAST FORWARD is used in software. Apple's iMovie, iDVD, DVD Player,
    iTunes, etc etc make use of a number of these. One can expect such
    symbols to appear in computer icon/text contexts, like user's manuals.

    WOMENS RESTROOM (no apostrophe allowed) would certainly be useful for
    a range of travel-related literature.

    Michael Everson *

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