Re: N3412: Last Resort Pictures

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Tue Jun 10 2008 - 12:27:46 CDT

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    I think the idea to add the glyphs used in the Last Resort font as new
    Unicode characters is absurd (I still don't understand if this was an
    April Fool's joke or not).

    Those stub glyphs that are used as replacement glyphs for Unicode
    codepoints, or one could view them as representative glyphs for entire
    Unicode blocks. Why would glyphs used solely to solve an intermediate
    technical problem that is only a meta-problem of the Unicode encoding
    standard, the Alans Smithee of Unicode characters if you will, get an
    identity on their own?

    Of course, if a new "Last Resort" block is added, then it will also need
    a Last Resort glyph for that block. Will that glyph also be added as a
    new Unicode character? If so, will it be placed inside of the Last
    Resort block itself? (That would be rather self-referential, wouldn't
    it? Even without it, it is.)

    I cannot imagine any single occasion why a human user would want to
    explicitly key in a Last Resort character to exchange some encoded

    You don't seriously wanna do it, do you?


    Adam Twardoch
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