Coloured Punctuation and Annotation

Michael Everson everson at
Fri Apr 7 07:06:28 CDT 2017

On 7 Apr 2017, at 11:01, Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham at> wrote:
> Of course, if U+25A1 WHITE SQUARE is the outline of a square, it then seems odd that a valid presentation form should be just a spacing glyph, as seems to be preferred for chess boards!  I suppose this could be considered an edge case :-)

Using SP or NBSP would not be a good idea. Spaces separate things and have complex properties. The light and dark squares on a chessboard are squares, not one square and one nirvāṇic emptiness. Yes, the VS applied to WHITE SQUARE makes it em-square sized and removes the outline, but that’s a specific glyph for a specific purpose. 

Michael Everson

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