global password strategies

Mark E. Shoulson mark at
Thu Apr 14 17:18:27 CDT 2022

There might be something to this.  Some semi-standardized set of 
keyboard layouts and input methods that can be immediately and 
temporarily activated in nearly any state of the computer, by a 
well-known keystroke or menu or whatever, so you need to know how to 
type your password in *one* of them and how to select it, and then you 
can just click it out on an emulated keyboard onscreen (or better, have 
the keyboard actually remap itself.)

Kind of tricky to get the details right and decide on what and how and 
all; the market and vendors will probably have to converge (slowly) on 
some consensus.  No, Unicode can't dictate this as a standard, it's out 
of scope for Unicode, and pretty much every other standards organization 
too: there is no standard dictating user interface.  Just some popular 
conventions that have become fairly universal.


On 4/14/22 08:31, William_J_G Overington via Unicode wrote:
> Peter Constable wrote:
> > And Windows has had this type of authentication UI since Windows 8: 
> it’s called “picture password”.
> Until I read that sentence I had never known of "picture password".
> As far as I can tell the nearest presently existing Microsoft facility 
> on my laptop computer that is running Windows 10 to what I am 
> suggesting is the on-screen keyboard facility.
> The facility that I am suggesting would work in a similar way to the 
> Microsoft on-screen keyboard in that the response to a click on a 
> glyph would output a Unicode character. The difference being that each 
> of the characters available would be an emoji character, thus a 
> script-independent and language independent character.
> Maybe a copy of the source code of the Microsoft on-screen keyboard 
> could be adapted to produce what I am suggesting, just changing the 
> layout and changing the set of characters that can be keyed.
> As I cannot do that myself I am not going to speculate upon how 
> difficult that would be to do by a person expert in that type of 
> programming.
> William Overington
> Thursday 14 April 2022
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