RE: square bullets added to unicode.

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 00:04:32 CST

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    Various people have indicated at one time or another that they would work on a proposal to encode wingdings, etc. But I haven't seen any such proposals submitted yet.

    Of course, if an when such symbols get encoded in Unicode, there will just be a different problem to sort out: today, you can interchange text meaningfully with someone else so long as the Wingdings (or Webdings, etc. as appropriate) font is used. It doesn't work for plain text, but it evidently works reasonably well with rich text (since the font formatting is retained). But once in Unicode, data using the new character will not be interchangeable with the large amount of legacy data out there.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On Behalf Of Christopher Fynn
    Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 3:00 AM
    Cc: Allen, Grant
    Subject: Re: square bullets added to unicode.

    On 14/01/2011, Asmus Freytag <> wrote:

    > Correct - the anachronism is needed, because unlike the Emoji
    > characters, Unicode did not provide a dedicated mapping for these sets.
    > Given the recent decision to provide such mappings for one set of
    > vendors, adding the remaining wingdings and providing a mapping seems
    > overdue.

    Yes. A good idea since the Wingdings font, included in every copy of MS Windows for the last 15 years or so, is so ubiquitous (far more so than Zapf Dingbats or Emoji) these symbols are found all over the place.

    Would you include symbols in Wingdings 2, Wingdings 3, and Webdings as well as those in the original Wingdings?

    - Chris

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