Re: NamesList, Code Charts, ISO/IEC 10646

From: Asmus Freytag (t) <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2015 10:49:12 -0700

On 5/4/2015 10:32 AM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> 2015-05-04 18:42 GMT+02:00 Richard Wordingham
> <
> <>>:
> > No way to pack all the information into the name, and even character
> > properties aren't covering all of them.
> Unfortunately, when choosing a character from a character picker, the
> most help one is likely to get is the character name. The name is
> actually quite useful when the glyph is not as one expects or the
> distinguishing features are not readily visible.
> Character pickers are applications and not in scope of the standard
> itself. It's up to the developers of these applications to provide the
> necessary...

... additions that make their product usable, including any...

> ..localisations according to the expectations of their users for a
> particular language, script, and/or country/region or even dialectal
> variant.
> You cannot have a single normative character name (in fact not really
> a name, but a technical identifier) that will match all users
> expectations in all cultures.


> So the Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646 have only chosen to use and publich a
> single stable identifier throughout the standardization process; even
> if it is bad, it will be kept. These names are not designed to be even
> suitable for all English users (and just consider how CJK sinograms
> are named, they are not suitable for anyone...).
> There are open projects (outside Unicode and even outside CLDR itself)
> to provide common character names in various locales.

I'm sure there are - there may even be work on a character picker, but
do you have any links?

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