Re: ["Unicode"] tablature characters for the Chinese guqin

From: Werner LEMBERG <>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 07:47:51 +0200 (CEST)

> China National Body had ever reported that they had a plan to
> encode the character for the tablature, in IRG: [...]


> BTW, a few (only one?) characters for the latter style are sampled
> in a normal dictionary "CiYuan", and will be included in CJK Unified
> Ideograph Extension F. However, I don't think encoding only one
> glyph for the tablature is so useful - there is any avantgarde
> number using only one note?

Well, the very structure of the guqin tablature characters is this:

               mod1 mod2

                base char

               mod3 mod4

The number of `modifiers' varies, but according to the literature it
can go up to six and more. Given that a modifier is usually a digit,
and that we have a bunch of base characters, we easily reach 100000
and more characters if all possible permutations are encoded, and this
is certainly not what Unicode wants :-)

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