NamesList, Code Charts, ISO/IEC 10646

Richard Wordingham richard.wordingham at
Mon May 4 10:07:52 CDT 2015

On Mon, 4 May 2015 16:07:31 +0200 (CEST)
marcel.schneider20 at wrote:

> The information about OPENING and CLOSING is one part of the 
> Formal Alias issue. The goal is to make the true names better known 
> and to allow people reading English, that is a huge majority, to get 
> at reach the full bandwith of Unicode information in real time. 
> Today, IMHO, the information about (and the availability of)  
> formal aliases seems to be out of reach for much software users who  
> are confronted with when searching for information about characters. 
> It therefore seems to be consistent to make it better available. 
> The same would apply to informative aliases.
> Unicode clearly states in NamesList.txt, that “this file should not 
> be parsed for machine-readable information”. 
> By the way, all the informative aliases Unicode added for 
> the information of users, implementers and developers, are lost 
> because they seem to be nowhere else in the UCD.

The UCD file you want is ucdxml/ucd.all.grouped.xml or its flat
equivalent.  On the Unicode site, they exists as zip files,
ucdxml/ and ucdxml/


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