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Janusz S. Bień via Unicode unicode at
Fri Aug 24 03:01:14 CDT 2018

On Thu, Aug 23 2018 at 11:49 -0700, beckiergb at writes:
> On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 5:10 AM, Janusz S. Bień <jsbien at> wrote:
>  > I already provide this myself for my uses of the PUA as well as the
>  > CSUR and any vendor-specific agreements I can find:
>  >
>  >
>  I would prefer to see the data in a repository, so others can can
>  comment and contribute.
> That is actually my intent for the future. Though it's not quite ready yet:


> That's the data in a "pre-compiled" form; it's turned into a "proper"
> PUADATA directory using this script:
>  As for "any vendor-specific agreements", do MUFI and LINCUA qualify?
> I certainly do want to see MUFI and LINCUA provided in this form, but
> I put them in a different category along with CSUR. I basically have
> three categories of PUA agreements:
> Fonts - PUA assignments specific to a font family, e.g. Constructium, Fairfax, Nishiki-teki, Quivira, Junicode, etc.

You are probably aware that Junicode 1.000, released in September 2017,
supports in full MUFI 4.0  (released in December 2015). I don't know
whether Junicode contains now any PUA characters which are not in MUFI.

> Public - PUA agreements meant to be widely used, e.g. CSUR, UCSUR,
> MUFI, LINCUA, etc.
> Vendors - PUA assignments meant to be used by a single vendor or
> platform, e.g. Adobe, Apple, etc. but also Linux, MirOS, etc.
> Thank you for those links by the way. I had tried to find charts for
> MUFI in the past but had somehow been unsuccessful.

Similar files for different purpose has been created by Mikkel Eide

An earlier version of MUFI was incorporated in the ENRICH Gaiji bank:

You can download the source but it doesn't seem useful.

A version of MUFI is available also as a searchable character database
created by the present single-person MUFI board, i.e. Tarrin Wills, as a
part of the beta version of a new MUFI site:

Some time ago I wrote on the mufi-fonts list:

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On Sun, Dec 03 2017 at  6:55 +0100, jsbien at writes:


> I wanted the file quickly to get an overview of the recently released
> corpus of 16th century Polish, and it's seemed to me that the simplest
> and fastest way is to convert the PDF recommendation in a semi-automatic
> way. It was more cumbersome than I expected, but thanks to this approach
> I've discovered a typo in the recommendation: letter I instead of digit
> in the code chart order version).
> For the planned extension of the program I need more info on MUFI
> characters, preferably in the format of the UnicodeData.txt. This time
> however I intend to make haste slowly, so I have a question:
> Is it possible to make publicly available for download the database
> underlying

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Unfortunately I got no answer to the question.

>  > Of course there is no way to get software to use this information.
>  What kind of software do you have in mind?
> Unicode-related utilities, text editors to start with. You pretty much
> hit the nail on the head with uniname and emacs as examples. :)

Thanks! As for uniname by Bill Poser, I exchanged mails with him in

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On Sun, Aug 28 2011 at 12:01 +0200, jsbien at writes:


> A student of mine wrote an alternative program according to my
> specification. The program is GPLed and available with
> git clone unihistext


> The source is ready for Debian packaging.
> I think the program is worth better distribution, but its author is no
> longer interested in it. Would you be so kind to consider including
> either the program itself in your uniutils or extend your unidesc with
> its features?
> Best regards
> Janusz

On Sun, Aug 28 2011 at 16:03 -0700, billposer2 at writes:
> In principle, sure. I'll have a look at it.

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Unfortunatelly nothing happened, and I thought I should not press the

Best regards


Janusz S. Bien
emeryt (emeritus)

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