[Humanist] 27.784 characters not in UniCode

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 11 07:23:04 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 784.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:34:46 +0100
        From: maurizio lana <maurizio.lana at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 27.780 characters not in UniCode
        In-Reply-To: <20140210060026.3708562FD at digitalhumanities.org>

Il 10/02/14 07:00, Humanist Discussion Group ha scritto:
> Hi Maurizio,
> thank you very much for this information. It is most helpful, and thank you
> also to James, Alan and Laura for their references. I have now a wealth of
> information to fight back against the criticism of an argument, which I
> will explain briefly since Maurizio asks.
thank you very much desmond for this insight into you critical thoughts.

my question was an interested one because as a side effect of your 
request i was brought to think more throughly to the problem caused by 
missing Unicode characters.

recalling what i wrote, one could use the currency pound Unicode 
character to represent the symbol for sescuncia because they share the 
same glyph. this can happen because we are 'people of print' but if we 
read the text at digital level (character encoding) no late latin text 
can contain a 'currency pound' symbol. similarly for thousand of other 
cases (for example when one unlocks ligatures). or, from another point 
of view: we cannot but do this real mistake at digital level because 
doing it we at least have something working smoothly at visual/print level.

what i mean is: how one (person or group) could start an initiative for 
bringing into Unicode those missing characters? with 1)no worry for the 
glyphs, which can arrive later (the true problem is that of having the 
character codes); and 2) no worry for building a complete list because 
this could stop the initiative before it starts.


erano anni felici, anche se noi non ce n'eravamo accorti
(Anni felici, Daniele Luchetti)
il corso di informatica umanistica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85JsyJw2zuw
la biblioteca digitale del latino tardo: http://www.digiliblt.unipmn.it/
a day in the life of DH2013: http://dayofdh2013.matrix.msu.edu/digiliblt/
che cosa sono le digital humanities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JqLst_VKCA
Maurizio Lana - ricercatore
Università  del Piemonte Orientale, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
via Manzoni 8, 13100 Vercelli - tel. +39 347 7370925

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