Proposal to Encode Nautical Chart Symbols
used in Running Text

Source: Asmus Freytag, Michel Suignard (SEI), Eberhard R. Hilf (ISN), Karl Pentzlin (DIN)


This represents a proposal to encode a subset of symbols used in nautical charts. As documented in the proposal, the characters in this particular subset occur regularly in running text and are therefore suitable to encoding as characters.
The proposal document also provides background information on the general nature of symbols used in nautical charts, with particular emphasis on those that appear in publications in text form.
Nautical chart symbols contain features that can be represented as combining characters. Some of the symbols are similar to existing Unicode characters, requiring the discussion of the extent of possible unification. The proposal concludes with a tabular listing of the proposed repertoire of nautical chart symbols for use in running text.

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Status of the Proposal

06-Feb-2012 Updated Proposal Document with new examples and improved text

06-Feb-2012 Overview Presentation released

02-Feb-2012 Review comments on Unicode Forum

01-Feb-2012 Submitted to UTC (as document L2/12-061)

01-Feb-2012 Submitted to ISO/IEC SC2/WG2 (as document N4221)

01-Feb-2012 SC2/WG2 Proposal Summary Form