Swiss/German/Latin playing card symbols

From: Andreas Stötzner (
Date: Tue Dec 07 2010 - 05:31:39 CST

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    Am 06.12.2010 um 06:04 schrieb Timothy S. Nelson:

    > Hi all. What's the likelihood of a set of suit symbols for non-French-suited cards being included in future versions of Unicode?

    Next to none.

    Have you read the annotation of the 1F0A0-block? “These characters are used to represent the 52-card and 56-card variants of modern playing cards, as well as the 56-card Minor Arcana of the Western Tarot.”

    The regional variants of card suits shall get treated as *stilistic* variants, to be handled on the font’s level. The scheme of the recently encoded playing card block can accommodate any set of cards. The French-style glyphs in the code charts are representative, not prescriptive. Replace them by German, Italian or any other vernacular glyphs, if needed.

    There won’t be any encoding of Italic style letters and there won’t be any encoding of extra-style card suits. If one is requiring different sets at once, just make (or order) a font family with French, German, Swiss-German, Italian … as single fonts.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

                            Andreas Stötzner.


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