VS: [somewhat off topic] straw poll

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Fri Sep 11 13:34:37 CDT 2015

Rick McGowan <rick at unicode dot org> wrote:

> In section 1.1, page 3:
> *Note, however, that the Unicode Standard does not encode
> idiosyncratic, personal, novel, or private-use characters, nor does it
> encode logos or graphics.*

Is there a statement anywhere about entities that aren't characters in
any sense, other than having an arbitrary glyph assigned to them in a
font somewhere?

What about encoding things on speculation of future use, without a clear
indication of imminent adoption -- the criterion applied to the euro
sign, and more recently to emoji?

> I'm not sure UTC has ever made any specific pronouncement on the
> topic, but they do sometimes add things to the notice of non-approvals, which
> can generally be taken as a precedent.

Unfortunately for those hoping for a definitive statement, even
non-approvals are occasionally overturned; U+1E9E LATIN CAPITAL LETTER
SHARP S leaps to mind. Evidently nothing short of a specific
pronouncement on this specific topic will suffice.

Doug Ewell | http://ewellic.org | Thornton, CO ����

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