Re: Why isn't there a RIGHTWARDS BLACK ARROW?

From: Sindre Sorhus <>
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:01:54 +0200

On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Jukka K. Korpela <>wrote:

> 2013-10-26 18:36, Sindre Sorhus wrote:
> There are:
>> But no right arrow. Why is that?
> There is
> The code chart at
> has a cross reference to it, in the description of U+2B05.
> My guess is that U+27A1 was included along with other dingbat arrows
> (which are mostly rightward-pointing arrowlike symbols) because it had been
> included in legacy character codes. It was then regarded as unnecessary to
> duplicate it in the Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows block.
> This is somewhat unfortunate. The code chart
> says, in the description of U+27A1: “fonts may harmonize this glyph with
> the style for other black arrows”. In practice, however, only few fonts
> contain both U+27A1 and U+2B05, and in them, they tend to be rather
> different in style. In the fonts in my system, only DejaVu Serif, Quivira,
> and Segoe UI Symbol use the same style for both.

Thanks, that confirms my suspicion :)
That's unfortunate indeed.

Is there any way to be able to get a proper RIGHTWARDS BLACK ARROW into

> These arrows are the most neutral and legible ones, so it's unfortunate
>> that one is missing.
> Well, yes, for icon-like use they would be suitable if implemented
> stylistically similarly and had shapes sufficiently resembling the
> representative glyphs. But among the three fonts I mentioned, I think only
> DejaVu Serif reflects the same design principles as the representative
> glyphs.
> Not surprisingly, people mostly use images instead.

None of the fonts I've used made it it inverse-identical of the left one.
Though doesn't help my use-case anyways as I'm using them in CLI apps where
I can neither control the font or use images.

> Yucca

Sindre Sorhus
Received on Sat Oct 26 2013 - 13:04:03 CDT

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