Re: Suggestion for new dingbats/symbols

From: David Starner <>
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 16:07:33 -0700

On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM, Andreas Stötzner <> wrote:
> One *can* review e.g. the signage repertoire of, lat’s say, ten or 15 major
> airports. Or of a dozen of major touristic guides. Or the sports pictograms
> of the Olympics of the last 50 years. – Survey. And one *can* extract from
> such a survey a reasonable choice of characters which then represents a good
> and comprehensive set which will serve well for communication needs of the
> kind in the future. (a set that is for many more useful than one
> “Bingodings” or the like :-)

And what you'll run into is the fact that people don't agree that that
belongs in Unicode.

A lot of that is not exactly plain text. Are there really a lot of
cases where the signage repertoire of an airport should be stored in
plain text instead of links to vector image files? I don't see
airports sending "â›– People mover to section four" to their signmakers
instead of peoplemover.eps "People mover to section four".

And pictograms aren't a closed set. It's not possible to find a set of
sport pictograms that will serve well for communication needs of the
kind in the future. The 2014 Olympics are adding 12 new events. The
2020 Olympics is considering 6 new sports, "baseball, karate, roller
sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu".

The Wingdings and Emoji were both sets that had proven plain text use
as consistent sets. Like them, hate them, they were actually in use.

Kie ekzistas vivo, ekzistas espero.
Received on Tue May 28 2013 - 18:13:22 CDT

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