preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at
Sat May 23 18:00:59 CDT 2015

2015-05-23 20:50 GMT+02:00 Petr Tomasek <tomasek at>:

> Hm, it seems that there is much more to be encoded in Unicode than just
> the quarter-tone signs..

Clearly not a valid arguments against encoding a character. There are
plenty of characters still not encoded even in scripts already encoded,
this never meant that the encoded part should have been stalled until the
set was "complete".
Each ecoded character has to be evaluated individually, even if it makes
sense to add them in groups when their association in that group is
necessary to make them usable (for example it would have been a non-sense
in any language to encode only Latin vowels without any consonnant, but it
would have been meaningful to encoded only basic Arabic consonnants and
postpone the encoding of basic vowels.
The merits of an encoding proposal is measured by its usage and usability
in a well-established (orthographic) convention. It is important then to
explore what is this convention and why more than 1 character are needed
together for that convention. Then we can compare with other competing
conventionw what they have in common (this is what Unicode considers a
"script", even if it is not necessarily for writing spoken languages).
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