Martin J. Dürst
duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp
Mon Oct 11 19:15:52 CDT 2021
The idea of making status lines and prompts more informative by using
color and various graphics looks very convenient. But what visual form
to use for what semantics is wide open to configuration and personal
preferences, and may develop in various directions as the idea catches
on further, which may mean that it's premature for encoding. But I'm
sure this has been discussed in the meetings mentioned below.
On 2021-10-12 08:16, Rebecca Bettencourt via Unicode wrote:
> As you (Mark) discovered, the name originates from the piece of software
> which first used these characters, called Powerline. It's a plugin for vim,
> tmux, bash, i3, and several other environments that adds a fancy status
> line to the terminal.
> The characters have been proposed before, in document L2/19-068R2. The SAH
> recommended encoding three of them (the branch symbol and the row and
> column number symbols) but the UTC took no action. I vaguely recall a
> recommendation (from the SAH?) for the author, Renzhi Li, to contact the
> "Terminals Working Group" (Doug Ewell, me, and a few other individuals) to
> work out integrating them into a "round 2" Symbols for Legacy Computing
> proposal. We were never contacted by the author but we integrated them into
> a "round 2" proposal anyway, with the suggestion to use the same code
> points as were recommended by the SAH.
> That "round 2" proposal was brought to the UTC but for some reason was
> never added to the document register. We had an hour-long meeting in which
> the UTC reviewed it and had several concerns that were not resolved within
> that hour. The proposal has not progressed further since then.
> -- Rebecca Bettencourt
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