12 Oct 2010 mjg59   » (Master)

Unicode 6.0

As Roozbeh noted, Unicode 6.0 came out yesterday. Somewhat fittingly (given it having been National Coming Out Day), it adds

Unfortunately most people will probably be looking at small boxes with numbers in there for a while yet, which is probably a wonderful metaphor but I'm not quite sure for what.

I love Unicode. I love that it lets me produce correct typography without having to resort to ΤΕΧ. I love that it allows for hilarity like Zalgo and years of entertainment in searching for the limits of the LCA conference badge rendering. I'm thrilled that a poorly managed introduction of IDNs let me get away with things like www.☭.net, and that nobody's got around to taking it away from me yet. And U+1F64C 🙌 PERSON RAISING BOTH HANDS IN CELEBRATION is going to be a core part of my IRC character set the moment I get a compose map that includes compose+\+o+/. But I also love little things like having the typographical freedom to express whatever kind of relationship I choose to.

Well, providing that it's between two adults. Maybe 6.1 should add combining variants?

Syndicated 2010-10-12 22:40:52 from Matthew Garrett

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