Names for control characters (Was: "(in 6429)" in allkeys.txt)
Mark Davis ☕
mark at macchiato.com
Wed Mar 12 08:11:22 CDT 2014
They do have aliases in NameAliases.txt
0001;START OF HEADING;control
0002;START OF TEXT;control
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On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM, Per Starbäck <starback at stp.lingfil.uu.se>wrote:
> Ken Whistler wrote:
> > Ah, I see what the interpretation problem was. Yes, that is
> > a straightforward kind of improvement -- easily enough done.
> > Look for a change the next time the file is updated. (It will not
> > be immediately changed, pending other review comments.)
> Thanks! Then I'll skip making a formal request about this.
> Regarding these names in ISO 6429 again, how come these control
> characters don't have Unicode names? For many uses of names, the control
> characters have as much need for them as any other character.
> Since it seems so straightforward it must have been suggested several
> times to introduce names like
> CONTROL CHARACTER NULL
> CONTROL CHARACTER START OF HEADING
> CONTROL CHARACTER START OF TEXT
> etc., so I assume there are good reasons for not doing that, but I can't
> see what they are.
> Since applications want names they will use other things as names when
> there isn't a real name, and that leads to problems. Take Emacs where
> the command describe-char currently describes U+0007 as
> name: <control>
> old-name: BELL
> (I reported the misusage of "<control>" here as a name in 2009, but it
> wasn't fixed until this year, so still not in a released version.)
> The usage of "BELL" here invites confusion with U+1F514 BELL.
> Emacs should do better regarding this, but still, with a proper name
> all of this would have been averted.
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