Proposal for *U+2427 NARROW SHOULDERED OPEN BOX (was: Re: Proposal for *U+23FF SHOULDERED NARROW OPEN BOX?)

From: Marcel Schneider <>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 02:00:35 +0100 (CET)

On Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:19:35 -0700, Ken Whistler wrote:

> U+23FF is already assigned to OBSERVER EYE SYMBOL, which is
> already under ballot for 10646 (and approved by the UTC).
> Please always first check that page before suggesting code points
> for prospective new characters.
> --Ken
> On 3/12/2016 5:42 PM, Marcel Schneider wrote:
> > Now in the block of U+237D SHOULDERED OPEN BOX there is _one_ scalar value left. Would it then be a good idea to propose *U+23FF SHOULDERED NARROW OPEN BOX for v10.0.0?
> >

Thank you. I remember OBSERVER EYE but didnʼt notice its code point and forgot to do a search for ‘23[F[F]]’ on the Pipeline page. Sorry.

Now I see that *U+2427 would be even better as it is both in the block of U+2423 OPEN BOX and in the originally intended block, except that now I dropped the other symbols and stay just with the NNBSP symbol to propose for the next free contiguous scalar value.

I really hope that such a new or, more accurately, third proposal would be accepted, as the NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE is so important it must have its symbol encoded at some point, similarly to SPACE and NO-BREAK SPACE.

About the proposed name, there is to say that first I changed it to the glyph-descriptional one as preferred in Unicode, rather than SYMBOL FOR NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE. And last I made it more analogous to the name of the symbolized character, by inverting “SHOULDERED” and “NARROW”.

The original proposer cannot simply resume on that “narrow” basis, being committed to consistency with ISO/IEC 9995-7, so that an individual like I am, might be good to send the proposal? However generally it would be better done by a NB, the more as this belongs to the international keyboard standard. Other countries might be interested that have a multilingual standard layout, and/or a national layout including U+202F.

Another scenario would be that the French NB re-proposes a reduced set of additional symbols, which IMHO should comprise at least the NARROW SHOULDERED OPEN BOX, but ideally once it will have completed the revision of most parts of ISO/IEC 9995, including part 7.

Best regards,

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