NamesList, Code Charts, ISO/IEC 10646

Asmus Freytag (t) asmus-inc at
Mon May 4 10:34:26 CDT 2015


as I wrote in my previous message, not knowing the first thing about 
character properties, some people immediately propose to carry all that 
information in the character name...


On 5/4/2015 8:07 AM, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> 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/
> Richard.

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