Re: Moon Symbols (e-011 e-015) - it might be useful to set aside 28
characters in a general symbols area for encoding moon symbols.
Yes, but to get this through the committees I am sure we should treat
sections of the proposal in digestible bites. I don't believe it has
to all go in at once. Some parts are easier than others. The clock
faces and weather symbols are not problematic for instance.
A request for additional moon symbols was on my list. I first thought
of it when I noticed "waxing moon" but no "waning moon" (or vice versa).
I would really not like to have some of these collections split up
just because some phone companies weren't inclusive.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
The daily phases of the moon throughout the month are hardly "random"
and, looked at as regular symbols, make as much sense to encode as the
hours on a clock face.
Anyway I was not suggesting to encode them all at this time. What I
was suggesting is that if emoji are going to be treated as normal
symbol characters and encoded not in a "emoji compatibility" block of
their own but alongside other (non-emoji) symbols then it might make
sense to encode the MOON symbols in a block with sufficient space to
accommodate other MOON / LUNAR symbols.
Similarly it might be advisable to encode the 10 national FLAG symbols
in a block with sufficient space to accommodate other existing
national flags; the HAND symbols in a block sufficient space to
accommodate other hand symbols which form parts of well documented
hand sign sets; map symbols in a block large enough for other map
symbols; weather symbols in a block large enough for other weather
symbols; and so on.
I'm all for encoding well established sets of symbols used in text or
alongside text but I'd prefer to see some organization and structure
where possible. This emoji set seems to contain small sub-sets of
other established symbol sets.