From: Luke-Jr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 10 2011 - 08:29:52 CST
On Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:22:47 am William_J_G Overington wrote:
> So what is wrong with someone applying for an invented character to be
> encoded so that it becomes available for other people to use within the
> framework of regular Unicode?
While I agree that in this day and age, characters NOT being in Unicode is
itself a huge barrier to widespread adoption, I also feel the ConScript
Unicode Registry ( http://www.evertype.com/standards/csur/ ) could be a
reasonable middle-ground. The problem is that it seems to no longer be
maintained-- last update back in 2008, and still missing any mention of the
proposed Tonal encoding I submitted about 4 months ago using the E9D0-E9EF
range. Maybe it's time for someone new to step up to maintaining it?
However, since all the characters used for dozenal today are already encoded
somewhere, it seems inappropriate to encode them elsewhere. I can see the
logic behind using a unified character point for gek and el such that fonts
can choose to represent it the American way, or the British way, but at the
same time, all the decimal numbers have multiple encodings for different forms
of writing them. It would seem the "appropriate" path would be to simply
design software libraries to accept either character in numbers (similar to
how all Tonal software should accept a decimal '9' in place of U+E9D9, since
they look similar and keyboards might only have one of the alternatives).
That being said, you might still want a CSUR proposal for historical symbols
such as the obsolete ones you linked in that book. Perhaps there are other new
symbols invented for Dozenal (I seem to recall a 'd' and 'z' with a diagonal
line through it, to signify decimal or dozenal notification).
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