Re: more dingbats in plain text

From: Roozbeh Pournader (
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 03:16:25 CDT

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    On Sat, 2009-04-18 at 14:41 -0700, Asmus Freytag wrote:
    > To see this, try (on Windows):
    > Run Wordpad
    > Select Wingdings
    > Type F04A
    > Press Alt+X
    > -> you will see the smiley
    > Now type J
    > -> you will see another smiley
    > In other words, both 004A and F04A end up displaying the same glyph.
    > The way the designers of this feature explained this to me (a long time
    > ago) it allowed fonts to support the PUA so that they would not overload
    > the ASCII codes, but at the same time, existing fonts that were mapped
    > to the ASCII range would continue to function, as would existing
    > (pre-Unicode) applications that expected symbol fonts to be mapped to
    > the ASCII area.

    So that's the reason I see all those capitals J's in emails! Do you know
    who I can lobby to get MS Outlook to use a proper U+263A instead of the
    "J" when sending emails?


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