Re: Proposal to encode an EXTERNAL LINK symbol in the BMP

From: Curtis Clark (
Date: Sat Jul 22 2006 - 11:10:29 CDT

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    On 2006-07-22 05:43, Karl Pentzlin wrote:
    > I have written a proposal to encode an EXTERNAL LINK symbol.
    > The draft is found at:
    > Any comments are appreciated.

    I think it's a good idea.

    One quibble: it is "web page" or "World Wide Web page", not "Internet page".

    Some things to consider that may not be entirely on-topic for its
    encoding, but which may come up:

    1. It will take a while for such a character to find its way into
    ubiquitous fonts, so web developers will need to use the graphic for a
    while longer. I don't see this as an argument against; *without* the
    character, they will have to wait forever.

    2. A graphic can have alternate text, such as "external link" for users
    who can't view images. It will take a while for screen readers to be
    programmed to have a pronunciation of the new character (I'm not sure
    how JAWS, the commonest screen reader in the United States, deals with
    symbol characters). But again, this would eventually happen, and during
    the period after the availability of fonts, and before updates to screen
    readers, web developers could use the "title" attribute to identify the

    Curtis Clark        
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