Re: Towards some more Private Use Area code points for

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri May 31 2002 - 15:54:26 EDT

John Hudson scripsit:

> The majority of existing (8-bit) ornament fonts use ASCII codes for
> ornaments, often arranged in such a way that, in the case of border units,
> there is a logical layout on (US) keyboard. [...]
> For a very large number of users, this is expected behaviour, so one
> approach in OpenType and other Unicode-centric formats is to treat
> ornaments as glyph variants of the same ASCII characters as in pre-existing
> versions of the font.

I rather like the Microsoft approach of assigning them to the PUA range
F000-F0FF, which sort of preserves the pseudo-ASCII nature of them without
interfering with semantic text processing that assigns ASCII semantics to
the 0000-00FF codepoints.

John Cowan <>
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen,
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith.  --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_

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