Re: Three modest proposals

From: Julian Bradfield (
Date: Fri Apr 01 2011 - 14:27:26 CST

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    On 2011-04-01, Michael Everson <> wrote:
    > Proposal to add heraldic hatching characters to the UCS

    (1) The supposed existing characters are characters encoded for
        round-trip compatibility with KS X 1001. They are not heraldic
        hatching characters, which don't exist and never have done.
    (2) Your proposal contains no evidence of plain text use. When I
        mentioned this elsewhere, you claimed that these characters were
        used in plain text - but as all your excerpts show, they
        aren't. The patterns are used in diagrams and tables, in the same
        way that any pattern can appear in a diagram or table, as for
        example on a map or on the legend of a map.

    Of course, the same goes for mah-jong, playing cards, and all sorts
    of other junk in Unicode. That's not a reason to add more junk. Every
    added character makes a lot of work for anybody trying to provide
    complete coverage, or complete non-Han coverage.

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