Re: Policy on character name aliases?

From: Andrew West (
Date: Wed Mar 10 2010 - 05:15:22 CST

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    On 10 March 2010 01:17, Kenneth Whistler <> wrote:
    > Karl Williamson asked:
    >> It appears that there is a high bar to getting an alias made for a
    >> character name. Why is that?
    > Why do you think that is the case?

    I think that there rightly is a high bar for getting a formal alias
    defined. There are very many character names that are not ideal or
    that some people would prefer changed to something else (tens of
    thousands if we count the term "ideograph"), but we do not want to
    create hundreds or thousands of unnecessary formal aliases. On the
    other hand there is a low bar for getting informal aliases added to
    the code charts.

    > But yes, it is generally difficult to get things changed
    > in the standard, because it is maintained by committees
    > (plural), and changes to the standard have to be presented
    > to and reach consensus in committees, before they are
    > implemented.

    In the past, the definition of formal character name aliases has only
    been a UTC matter, and has not come to WG2 for discussion or approval,
    but as the new edition of ISO/IEC 10646 has been harmonized with
    Unicode to include formal character name aliases, I suppose that any
    future proposals for creating formal aliases should go to both UTC and


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