Re: searching for PUA characters

From: Bill Poser <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:16:29 -0700

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM, Lorna Priest <> wrote:

> The recent discussion on PUA characters reminded me of a question I've had.
> I am wondering if anyone has a tool whereby we could search for all
> documents on a local computer (or server) that use PUA codepoints. I suppose
> what I'd like is to be able to identify beginning and ending codepoints to
> search for, such as "F130..F32F" or something along that line.

I have a utility called unidesc, part of my uniutils package (, that identifies the ranges to
which characters belong. You could run this on the various files and check
the output for "Private Use Area". To obtain a sorted list of the ranges
found in a file (rather than the default of the range to which each portion
of the file belongs), use the -r option. This is runs on Linux and BSD
systems, so probably can be compiled for MacOS too. I don't know about MS
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