Date: Sat Sep 29 2007 - 19:50:10 CDT
Quoting Doug Ewell <email@example.com>:
> John Hudson <john at tiro dot ca> wrote:
>> There are a lot of things that occur in the context of text, but
>> which are not necessarily text themselves, and my criterion --
>> which I realise might not be the UTC's criterion -- is to consider
>> whether there is a need to do things with such entities such as one
>> does with text entities. If, for example, the fish symbol, like
>> the staurogram, did appear in early Christian documents, then I
>> think there is a good case for encoding it based on the kind of
>> work that is done with the transcription and analysis of such
>> documents. It would, for instance, be helpful to be able to seach
>> a corpus of texts for occurrences of the symbol, and this would be
>> greatly facilitated by its encoding.
> If this symbol is encoded, it will probably see much more common use in
> quarter-page advertisements in the Yellow Pages for plumbers and
> attorneys and auto mechanics, ostensibly to communicate to prospective
> customers that the business is "Christian" and thus implicitly more
> competent or honest than businesses not displaying the symbol.
> That said, the Christian-specific fish symbol is probably a great deal
> more deserving of encoding in a plain-text character encoding standard
> than nine different cat faces, or separate blue, green, yellow, and
> purple heart symbols, or ten arbitrarily selected national flags, or....
There are at least to posssible basis for a proposal:-
1) Ancient use - as John Hudson mentions above, the easiest place
to look would be engravings on tombs.
2) Or as Doug well mentions above. A list of unencoded symbols in
modern usage, used in bulletin sheets widely used by Christians (and
others), notice booards, magazines eg
u+xxxx FISH SYMBOL
u+xxxx DOVE SYMBOL
u+xxxx DOVE WITH BRANCH SYMBOL
Some symbols might be better as combinations <CROSS SYMBOL> + <DOVE
SYMBOL> rather than a u+xxxx CROSS WITH DOVE SYMBOL.
> Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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