Re: Regarding Unicode for new Symbol

From: Asmus Freytag (t) <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:09:33 -0700

On 5/23/2015 5:41 AM, baskar raj wrote:
> Hi,
> Is it possible to get a Unicode for a new symbol, designed for a
> commonly used word, For Example lets say "and" . which can be used in
> conjunction with numbers or letters. so is it possible to file
> application seeking Unicode....
Generally, there is a problem with newly invented symbols (for any
purpose). It is often impossible to predict whether they will become
successful, get widely adopted and thus become an essential part of
written text.

When Unicode encodes something, it is permanent. If it encodes a symbol
that ultimately fails or quickly falls out of use, that failure is now
permanent. That fact alone forces Unicode to be very cautious.

There are some obvious exceptions. New currency symbols are being
invented regularly. But as soon as they are officially declared,
practically everyone using that currency has a need to use that symbol
in text. Such symbols are practically guaranteed to be successful in a
way that other novel symbols are not.

Your case sounds like more of the latter; it would seem highly uncertain
whether people will adopt your invention. As a result, Unicode would
most likely want to encode your symbol only after it has proven itself,
and not as a first step.

So, while it is "possible" it appears extremely unlikely in this case,
unless there are circumstances that you have not mentioned, such as
official government support in form of a spelling reform or something of
that nature.

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