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Re: [www-talk] Unicode Characters

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 23:53:09 +1100
Message-ID: <43A2B8B5.2000708@lachy.id.au>
To: fischer@ludwin.net
CC: www-talk@w3.org

fischer@ludwin.net wrote:
> One: Who creates these symbols? Who decides?

The Unicode consortium decides which characters to include in Unicode. 
The actual glyphs (or symbols) come with various fonts.  See the Unicode 
code charts for a list of all the characters.

http://www.unicode.org/charts/

> Two: can a single person make proposals, suggest symbols to be 
> included?

http://www.unicode.org/pending/proposals.html

> Three: is it possible to get and download the latest symbols and to 
> install them on your computer, as if there where fonts?

There are many fonts available, each of which may contain any number of 
the Unicode characters.  "Arial Unicode" is one example of a font that 
is common on Windows machines that contains quite a lot of characters, 
and it probably contains all of the characters you mentioned.

> If the snowman symbol isn't on your computer, is it possible to 
> donload it as a font, to install it as a font, and to be able to see 
> it afterwards?

http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/fonts.html

> Four: I saw that the numbers 1 to 65335 (&#1;)-(&#65335;) have been 
> affected to something. But what are the number for which no font has 
> been created yet?

Those numbers refer to Unicode code positions, in decimal.  See 
Character References Explained and part 1 of my Guide to Unicode.

http://lachy.id.au/log/2004/12/guide-to-unicode-part-1
http://lachy.id.au/log/2005/10/char-refs

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Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
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