Re: more dingbats in plain text

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 10:47:08 CDT

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    Roozbeh Pournader <roozbeh at htpassport dot com> wrote:

    > 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?

    If the remainder of the Wingdings set were encoded in Unicode, this
    could be done uniformly for all Wingdings, not just WHITE SMILING FACE,
    although Microsoft would of course be under no obligation to change the
    behavior of Outlook or any other programs.

    One advantage in having Outlook change the font to Wingdings when it
    sees :) is that the smiling-face glyph in Wingdings is currently more
    attractive than in other fonts. Entering U+263A (or worse, U+2639)
    directly into an Outlook message results in an undersized, misshapen
    blob -- at least when using the default fonts in Outlook 2007. This is
    just a font issue, though, not a rationale for any encoding decisions.

    Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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