Re: Hand characters

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Sun Jan 11 2009 - 04:21:48 CST

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    On 11/01/2009, Peter Constable <> wrote:
    > From: [] On
    > Behalf Of Christopher Fynn
    >> How about hand-shapes like those at:
    >> <>,
    >> <>
    >> which have semantic meaning in sign language, those used in manual
    >> alphabets <>, or the
    >> traditional had gestures (mudrā) used in traditional Indian dance and
    >> ritual which have long established and well documented semantic meaning?

    > What their meaning is isn't too important. If someone thinks that there is
    > enough interchange to warrant encoding in the UCS, they can certainly submit
    > a proposal to encode them.

    > Of course, in some particular cases there may be questions of unification
    > with already-encoded characters or of possible rejection on the grounds that
    > a symbol is no more than a cipher-presentation of some already-encoded
    > character.

    For this reason I would like to see the proposed Hand Signals emoji
    (e-B93-eBA1), not unified with already encoded characters, encoded
    together in a block with sufficient space left to accommodate the
    basic hand signs used in sign language, manual alphabets, and Indian
    dance, ritual and iconography as well. Since there is a great deal of
    overlap between all these sets of hand signs I think sufficient space
    should be allocated so that they can be encoded together.

    - Chris

    > Peter

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