Re: End of story character

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:10:51 -0800

On 1/25/2013 6:52 AM, Joó Ádám wrote:
> Asmus, I would be happy to hear your opinion on my question, in
> context of which I may not have been clear on that my intent is not to
> propose a general character for all uses as end-of-story sign but a
> well-defined symbol based on both shape and usage pattern (a perfect
> filled square, appropriately sized based on x-height or whatnot, used
> as end-of-story sign). The name may well be something more visually
> descriptive, not necessarily END OF STORY.
> Á
Such a character would be a geometrical symbol. X-HEIGHT SQAURE ON
BASELINE might be a descriptive name to distinguish it from other small
square symbols that might happen to be in the standard already.

Alternatively it might be considered a punctuation character, but the
symbol is so generic that giving it a the punctuation semantics seems
debatable. But I wouldn't exclude that option.

Naming it "end of story" would imply that it is the only such character,
so perhaps "end of story square" would be more suitable.

I am a strong proponent of not unifying geometric shapes (or certain
punctuation marks) merely on the "ink" part of their shape, while
disregarding vertical or horizontal placement. Instead, such placement
can be significant, and if there is evidence that it relates to
differences in usage, I tend to support that as evidence for disunification.

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