adam's grump of the day: icons in fonts (was Re: web-assets-httpd stuck in limbo?)

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Thu Jan 16 20:45:07 UTC 2014

On Thu, 2014-01-16 at 12:44 -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-01-16 at 15:41 -0500, Matthew Miller wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 09:13:03AM -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > > Then get the Unicode people sign off on treating your special special
> > > characters as text, otherwise it's just an abuse of the system. If all
> > > the people who want to do this get together and get a set of agreed upon
> > > generic icon 'types' defined as Unicode code points - 'U+B540 is a
> > > preferences icon', or what the heck ever - then fine. As long as people
> > > are just making it up as they go along, they're 'embracing and
> > > extending'. 
> > 
> > Well, it does seem that they're using the Private Use Areas, which are
> > specfically reserved for basically this purpose.
> > 
> Well, kinda. That still only works as long as you can be sure all your
> users are actually going to use your Special Font, though, because there
> is basically zero chance that any other font will contain the 'correct'
> symbols for your usage at the same codepoints in its PUA. I'd still
> argue it's really not appropriate to use it in any case at all where
> people might not actually want to use your

Not to mention what happens if someone picks a font that happens to put
some *other* symbols in the same codepoints in the PUA...
Adam Williamson
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