Re: Unicode copyleft symbol

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed May 10 2000 - 09:47:44 EDT


> It is not our task to invent new characters. The task is to register
> the characters which are used in the real world.

This is true, although the word "register" makes me a bit nervous.
However, I thought Werner had demonstrated that this character already
existed, and that it was not a question of us inventing it.

My problem with the copyleft symbol is whether it has *sufficient* usage
and currency to justify encoding. I worry about sentences like "The
exact usage conditions for the copyleft sign have yet to be worked out,
but possible candidates include..." This highlights the fuzzy legal (or
quasi-legal) status of the copyleft concept.

I confess that I had never seen nor heard of the copyleft symbol before
(and I'm a programmer, about to deliver some open-source code!) but
perhaps its absence from any encoding precludes wider use.

These are questions that deserve further debate. The copyleft symbol
is no U+00A9, but it is also no TAFKAP.

Jörg, if you did in fact create a font with the copyleft symbol, what
was your rationale? Were other characters or glyphs included that you
would consider inappropriate Unicode characters (other than ligatures
and other such stuff we have already talked about)?

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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