Egyptian Hieroglyph Man with a Laptop

Hans Åberg via Unicode unicode at
Wed Feb 12 17:06:51 CST 2020

> On 12 Feb 2020, at 23:30, Michel Suignard via Unicode <unicode at> wrote:
> These abstract collections have started to appear in the first part of the nineteen century (Champollion starting in 1822). Interestingly these collections have started to be useful on their own even if in some case the main use of  parts is self-referencing, either because the glyph is a known mistake, or a ghost (character for which attestation is now firmly disputed). For example, it would be very difficult to create a new set not including the full Gardiner set, even if some of the characters are not necessarily justified. To a large degree, Hieroglyphica (and its related collection JSesh) has obtained that status as well. The IFAO (Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientatle) set is another one, although there is no modern font representing all of it (although many of the IFAO glyphs should not be encoded separately).
> There is obviously no doubt that the character in question <image003.png>is a modern invention and not based on historical evidence. But interestingly enough it has started to be used as a pictogram with some content value, describing in fact an Egyptologist. It may not belong to that block, but it actually describes an use case and has been used a symbol in some technical publication.

>From the point of view of Unicode, it is simpler: If the character is in use or have had use, it should be included somehow.

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