From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 15 2009 - 06:15:58 CDT
Dennis Heuer wrote:
> unicode provides quite a lot of fancy characters not really
> fitting or placed well (mainly because of the growing base).
> the newest candidate is the "soccer" character. why not!
An interesting extension would be to have symbol characters representing
sports, notably for Olympic games, where these symbols have become common in
newspapers and related books (they often look like stylized persons in
action, or represent a tool used in that sport).
But I don't think that this should use any 'standard-exit' or 'namespace'
character. These symbols are generic enough to be usable in lots of
languages, and seen and recognized by lots of people.
Googl'ing for such collections finds many references:
Some collections were made official by organization comitees (you should see
references to the symbols used in Beijing 2008, as well as Munich 1972, and
can vary between olympiads, but they are quite descriptive).
These pictograms are generaly copyrighted in their design, but there are
free collections that can be reusable to build free fonts,
For example (various formats: PNG, GIF, but most of them already exist as
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