Adding half-star to Unicode?

Leonardo Boiko leoboiko at
Fri Jun 24 12:20:51 CDT 2016

> My bet is that they'll prefer using whatever code they want, hacking
fonts as necessary to overtake another political symbol when they'll want.

They could liberate a code point from the private use area.

2016-06-24 14:10 GMT-03:00 Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at>:

> My bet is that they'll prefer using whatever code they want, hacking fonts
> as necessary to overtake another political symbol when they'll want. They
> could do that easily with Webfonts today (by designing a tiny webfont with
> just one glyph mapped to any code point, including some ASCII symbol such
> as the DOLLAR sign). They would even refuse any normalization and would not
> even use the codepoint proposed for them, or by remapping some ASCII-art
> string (the classic emoticons of Usenet; if we even attempt to define
> standard colors, or glyph design, they'll invent another incompatible
> design, will change colors, will rotate it, will change it into an
> exploding star...). However the historic anarchists symbol that was seen on
> walls and painted banners in Europe in the 19th and early 20th century was
> only black.
> And it was not really a star, but derived from the A letter in a circle,
> with the horizontal bar frequently replaced by some fire arm, or slnated
> and looking more like a thin arrow head slightly pointing upward (Various
> decorations could be added on top: a striker throwing a mollotov... or
> flowers; a plus sign; a "V" on top to mean "victory"). The strokes were
> most often very irregular, as if they were brushed very rapidly on a wall.
> More polished forms have been used where it is a standard A in an circle
> open at the bottom and a small curved leg. Not all of them want flags with
> colors. Other groups just use a red-filled standard 5-pointed star, over a
> plain black  background.
> In London still today, there's most often no star, just a red and black
> flag (color cut on the diagonal). The red side or black side may be
> attached on the hanging stem, but generally a black side is below the right
> side. The red color varies also (green, dark purple, pink, orange,
> white...) but the black color is seems to be always there (even if it's
> just the classic circle A, that black may be used to fill the glyph, or the
> background. There's no dedicated support, the symbols may be used
> everywhere, integrated in all sort of graphics, made with various materials.
> The flag may be raised in all positions. In Australia, this is a vertical
> rainbow over a black area.
> Other symbols of anarchism include a closed hand (fist) raised upward (in
> a sign of protest) with a venom snake. The anarchist movements have always
> been inventive and protecting against all sort of political regimes,
> democartic or not, in fact they protest against all forms of state
> government, and their official symbols.
> 2016-06-24 17:55 GMT+02:00 Garth Wallace <gwalla at>:
>> But would anarchists even want their symbol to be encoded?
>> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:04 AM, "Jörg Knappen" <jknappen at> wrote:
>>> Talking about fancy five stars, besides the vertically split ones there
>>> is the "Anarchist star" (a symbol for anarcho-syndicalism)
>>> with a diagonal split in a upper left red half and a lower left black
>>> half. Since there are political and ideological symbols encoded
>>> in UNicode, maybe this one is worth encoding as well (probably twice,
>>> once as a black and white plain symbol and once as a colourful Emoji).
>>> See here:
>>> --Jörg Knappen
>>> *Gesendet:* Freitag, 24. Juni 2016 um 14:12 Uhr
>>> *Von:* "Frédéric Grosshans" <frederic.grosshans at>
>>> *An:* unicode at
>>> *Betreff:* Re: Adding half-star to Unicode?
>>> Le 24/06/2016 00:37, Leo Broukhis a écrit :
>>> > For a previous discussion on the topic, please see
>>> > the thread "Missing geometric shapes" around 11/12/12
>>> The thread starts here :
>>> It contains an example of half-filled star used in RTL (Hebrew) context,
>>> in an advertisement in Haaretz here
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