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Re: Unicode character for CC symbol?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 16:32:09 +0100
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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Noting that icon fonts have their own issues, particularly for users who 
set custom fonts, among other things. See 
https://cloudfour.com/thinks/seriously-dont-use-icon-fonts/ and 


On 05/09/2017 15:43, Andrew Kirkpatrick wrote:
> It is available in Font Awesome (http://fontawesome.io/icon/cc/) using the private use space in Unicodeā€¦
> Thanks,
> Andrew Kirkpatrick
> Group Product Manager, Accessibility
> Adobe
> akirkpat@adobe.com
> http://twitter.com/awkawk
> On 9/5/17, 06:07, "Nigel Megitt" <nigel.megitt@bbc.co.uk> wrote:
>> This seems on the face of it problematic. The trouble is that there is no
>> single representation for the idea of "closed captions" globally. Whereas
>> in the US it might be represented by something like "CC", in the UK where
>> closed captions are known more usually as subtitles, it is often
>> represented by "S". I may be wrong about this but I don't think Unicode
>> would normally create a code point for a glyph that has
>> territory/culture-specific variant forms.
>> Having said that, a globally usable label of some sort that means "this is
>> the button for switching closed captions on and off" could be useful.
>> On 03/09/2017, 22:33, "Michael A. Peters" <mpeters@domblogger.net> wrote:
>>> According to
>>> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3AClosed_captioning_symbol.svg&data=02%7C01%7C%7C044b96f883e0476fbf5408d4f446d6c7%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C636402032489256383&sdata=um37Q5hz%2FuCfvJ67yslDrq5qF%2FPPwrRp77uZTxr7mwQ%3D&reserved=0 that
>>> symbol has been released into the public domain.
>>> It would make sense then for there to be a unicode character for it, in
>>> the technical range (where play and fast forward and pause glyphs exist)
>>> but I could not find one.
>>> For me where it would be useful is when designing html5 players, the
>>> standard audio players in most browsers don't show the CC button even
>>> when there are track elements provided and custom JS to display them.
>>> If it had a unicode character, I could modify my webfont to include it
>>> there and just specify the character glyph (in a span with title
>>> attribute of course) like I do with the other player control elements.
>>> I can suggest it to the unicode group but I wanted to make sure it
>>> doesn't already exist and I'm just not finding it, and also if it
>>> doesn't, hear any arguments as to why it might be a bad idea.

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