Re: Quick survey of Apple symbol fonts (in context of the Wingding/Webding proposal)

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:13:08 +0100

On 15 Jul 2011, at 17:03, Doug Ewell wrote:

> 1. Graphic symbols for control characters are needed so writers can write about the control characters themselves using plain text.

This does not seem so unreasonable. The RTL and LTR overrides *function* on the text when inserted into text. So you can't use those with glyphs in a font to represent for example the UCS dotted-boxes-with-letters, because they are control characters and will affect the text.

> I don't think there's any end to where this can go. As Martin said, eventually you'd need a meta-meta-character to talk about the meta-character, and then it's not just a size problem, but an infinite-looping problem.

I do not follow the logic of this assertion. SPACE and SYMBOL FOR SPACE exist. No infinite recursion is needed.

Michael Everson *
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