Re: Missing geometric shapes

From: Mark E. Shoulson <>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:11:52 -0500

On 11/06/2012 03:55 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
> It would be convenient to be able to exchange such stars in plain text

Convenience isn't what we base these decisions on, as we often find
ourselves explaining to people with yet another "Wouldn't It Be Nice If"

That said, I do think it would be reasonable and appropriate to encode
the half-stars. There's no such thing as "plain text" on paper
(everything in print is formatted somehow), but star ratings are really
common in tables that contain nothing else but text, etc. I guess the
plain stars have more support, being dingbats in printers' cases since
long ago, but these half-stars do feel "texty" to me, anyway.

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