Use of Unicode Symbol 26A0

Asmus Freytag asmusf at
Tue Jun 3 11:13:17 CDT 2014


Unicode normally does not document all known usages of symbols. 
Occasionally, if a symbol is used in ways that might be unexpected from 
its name, the standard may add an alias or annotation. This is done in 
particular, when there is a question of whether a given symbol is the 
correct choice for a given application - especially if Unicode contains 
multiple, similar symbols.

In this case, that does not seem the case. The symbol is used for a 
variety of purposes, from warning to error to alerting readers to 
important information. These all seem to fit in the same general usage 
as suggested by the name, and the symbol is distinct enough so that that 
there is no other symbol in Unicode that might suggest itself as an 

The use to warn about risk of personal injury would not seem to demand 
additional clarification.


On 6/3/2014 7:25 AM, Papendick, Michelle wrote:
> Good Day –
> Just wondering if Unicode provides for or anyone know of documentation 
> for standard usage around the following symbol:
> cid:image001.png at 01CF7C48.A6D54D00
> Noticed that is it used in many applications as a general warning or 
> error symbol, but upon research it is also the symbol for personal 
> injury so appears to be a conflict of meaning.
> Any information around standard usage of the symbol in software 
> applications is appreciated.
> Thank you!
> Michelle
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