Adding half-star to Unicode?

Tex Texin textexin at
Thu Jun 23 18:06:04 CDT 2016

I would have to check to see whether they are actually used, but I suspect using stars in RTL markets is not the best choice of symbols...

When you look at the number of symbols used for ratings or more general valuations, rather than adding horizontal and vertical shading for each of them, it might be better to have modifier characters for the four half-filled colorings. Or to generalize further, they can just be half modifiers, and the presentation can decide if the coloring is halved, or the image itself is only half-shown, or the other ways of indicating halved (eg half-eaten tomato...)


-----Original Message-----
From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ken Whistler
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:35 PM
To: Garth Wallace
Cc: unicode at
Subject: Re: Adding half-star to Unicode?

On 6/23/2016 3:01 PM, Garth Wallace wrote:
> But precedent is for separate WITH LEFT HALF BLACK and WITH RIGHT HALF 
> BLACK geometric shapes.
> Also, I'm not sure if the BLACK HALF STAR and STAR WITH LEFT HALF 
> BLACK are entirely interchangeable.

I agree. If we are going to do this, a set of 4 geometric symbols makes
sense: the half black star, left and right, and the half and half black/white star, left and right.

We aren't likely to start down the road of making this kind of symbol tally display automatic bidi-mirroring. These aren't math operators -- but the half stars just as more symbols would be useful. And if somebody can turn up convincing evidence of use of star symbols cut in half on a horizontal axis, those would be interesting, too.

Oh, and please don't come around next asking for a green rotten splat and a red certified fresh tomato!!


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