Re: 70s and 80s home computer characters

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 03:17:53 EST

Ar 10:11 -0800 2000-03-24, scríobh Markus Kuhn:
>Doug Ewell wrote on 2000-03-24 14:47 UTC:
>> You can't convert completely between ATASCII and Unicode, because many
>> of the line-drawing and "geometric shapes" characters are not in Unicode.
>> I was thinking about proposing them, but since many of the characters are
>> the same as in Frank da Cruz's "terminal graphics" proposal, which was
>> apparently rejected despite its greater "real-world" usefulness, I felt
>> there was little hope.
>Frank da Cruz's "terminal graphics" proposal was never rejected.

Correct. In fact, a number of the characters in it are part of the
Mathematics Extensions proposal.

>I very much would like to see an "Archaic Computing Hardware
>Compatibility" area somewhere in Plane 1. To me, the graphics symbols of
>the Atari 400/800/ST, Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum, Commodore PET, TRS-80,
>Amstrad CPC, Videotext, etc. are at least as useful as cuneiform and

Useful, hunh? Grrr.

>Sure, it is not an urgent issue, but it is certainly also not less
>useful than many of the other specialist and enthusiast characters that
>have already been accepted into plane 1.

Not very much has been accepted into Plane 1 so far. But if Frank (Keeper
of the Terminal Emulation Proposal) wants to "reserve" an area in Plane 1
(there being no such thing as reservation), he needs to talk to me (Keeper
of the Roadmap).

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