NamesList, Code Charts, ISO/IEC 10646

Asmus Freytag (t) asmus-inc at
Mon May 4 12:49:12 CDT 2015

On 5/4/2015 10:32 AM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> 2015-05-04 18:42 GMT+02:00 Richard Wordingham 
> <richard.wordingham at 
> <mailto:richard.wordingham at>>:
>     > No way to pack all the information into the name, and even character
>     > properties aren't covering all of them.
>     Unfortunately, when choosing a character from a character picker, the
>     most help one is likely to get is the character name.  The name is
>     actually quite useful when the glyph is not as one expects or the
>     distinguishing features are not readily visible.
> Character pickers are applications and not in scope of the standard 
> itself. It's up to the developers of these applications to provide the 
> necessary...

... additions that make their product usable, including any...

> ..localisations according to the expectations of their users for a 
> particular language, script, and/or country/region or even dialectal 
> variant.
> You cannot have a single normative character name (in fact not really 
> a name, but a technical identifier) that will match all users 
> expectations in all cultures.


> So the Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646 have only chosen to use and publich a 
> single stable identifier throughout the standardization process; even 
> if it is bad, it will be kept. These names are not designed to be even 
> suitable for all English users (and just consider how CJK sinograms 
> are named, they are not suitable for anyone...).
> There are open projects (outside Unicode and even outside CLDR itself) 
> to provide common character names in various locales.

I'm sure there are - there may even be work on a character picker, but 
do you have any links?

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