Re: Missing geometric shapes

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:43:16 -0800

On 11/11/2012 3:01 PM, Asmus Freytag wrote:
> On 11/11/2012 2:08 PM, Doug Ewell wrote:
>> Personal opinions follow.
>> It looks like the only actual use case we have, exemplified by the
>> xkcd strip, is for a star with the left half black and the right half
>> white. There *might* also be a case for the left-white, right-black
>> star.
> Precedent is for encoding these in pairs and if there were any doubts
> about the wisdom of this Simon Montagu's mail illustrates the bidi
> ramifications (thanks to Frederic Grosshans for the reminder).
> So, lets not prevaricate any longer and admit we have a a priam facie
> use case for the pair.
>> Everything else, including one-quarter and three-quarter stars,
>> rendering tomatoes or doughnuts or film reels as "glyph variants" of
>> stars, facilitating a right-to-left rating system for Arabic- or
>> Hebrew-speaking environments, or turning Unicode into a standard for
>> rating systems in general, is a complete flight of fancy....
> Flights of fancy, indeed. I couldn't have said it better.
>> I think in this case, as in many others, one introductory,
>> exploratory proposal would be worth ten thousand speculative
>> mailing-list posts.
> You said it.
> A./
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