Re: Hand characters

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Christopher Fynn

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Jan 11, 2009, 5:21:48 AM1/11/09
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On 11/01/2009, Peter Constable <pete...@microsoft.com> wrote:
> From: unicode...@unicode.org [mailto:unicode...@unicode.org] On
> Behalf Of Christopher Fynn
>
>> How about hand-shapes like those at:
>> <http://www.sign-lang.uni-hamburg.de/projekte/hamnosys/handformen/handformen.html>,
>> <http://www.sign-lang.uni-hamburg.de/projekte/hamnosys/hamnosyserklaerungen/englisch/04handshapes.html>
>> which have semantic meaning in sign language, those used in manual
>> alphabets <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_alphabet>, or the
>> traditional had gestures (mudrā) used in traditional Indian dance and
>> ritual which have long established and well documented semantic meaning?

> What their meaning is isn't too important. If someone thinks that there is
> enough interchange to warrant encoding in the UCS, they can certainly submit
> a proposal to encode them.

> Of course, in some particular cases there may be questions of unification
> with already-encoded characters or of possible rejection on the grounds that
> a symbol is no more than a cipher-presentation of some already-encoded
> character.


For this reason I would like to see the proposed Hand Signals emoji
(e-B93-eBA1), not unified with already encoded characters, encoded
together in a block with sufficient space left to accommodate the
basic hand signs used in sign language, manual alphabets, and Indian
dance, ritual and iconography as well. Since there is a great deal of
overlap between all these sets of hand signs I think sufficient space
should be allocated so that they can be encoded together.

- Chris

> Peter

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