Re: Missing geometric shapes

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 05:34:38 -0800

On 11/8/2012 2:27 AM, "Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
> On 2012/11/08 19:15, Michael Everson wrote:
>> On 8 Nov 2012, at 09:59, Simon Montagu<> wrote:
>>> Please take into account that the half-stars should be
>>> symmetric-swapped in RTL text. I attach an example from an
>>> advertisment for a movie published in Haaretz 2 November 2012
>> I don't think Geometric Shapes have the mirror property.
>> 2605;BLACK STAR;So;0;ON;;;;;N;;;;;
>> 2606;WHITE STAR;So;0;ON;;;;;N;;;;;
> Well, those are usually symmetric, so adding a mirror property
> wouldn't change much.
>> In a Hebrew context you'd just choose the star you wanted
>> (black-white vs white-black) and use it.
> That works well if the text is written by hand. If it is produced as
> part of a script that better work the same for many languages,
> symmetric swapping would really be very helpful.

That may be, but that train has left the station a long time ago.

The problem is that there are related symbols for which mirroring is not
defined, and defining it for the half stars would make for an
inconsistent solution, unless any other vertically divided symbols were
mirrored as well.

I don't believe any of them are.

Adding mirroring after a character has been encoded effectively renders
all existing documents incompatible, so it's a property you can change

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