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Old 08-05-2005, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Unicode WIKI — help wanted

The decodeunicode site presents an interesting and potentially useful WIKI project. And it looks like fun. Here’s how it describes itself:
is an independent online-platform for digital type culture, developed at the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz.

The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has the objectives of creating a basis for fundamental typographic research and facilitating a textual approach to the characters of the world for all computer users.
The site needs a bit of decoding itself: From the site’s main screen, click on Deutsch or English to reach the main page. Clicking on the little colons (I guess — they are probably some sort of unicode glyph, anyway) takes you to a category and presents an array at the top of the screen. Clicking on any of those items provides the unicode ID and description.

For example, the 7th colon reveals U+0300 – U+036F Combining Diacritical Marks. Click on any of the characters above to find out what you are seeing. For example, the fourth one in the top row is the U+0303 Combining Tilde.

If you find missing entries, you can enter the information into the WIKI database in the screen below.

Now when and how it becomes useful is anyone’s guess, but WIKIs have a lot of appeal, and this should be easier to use than the tables at the official unicode site.

Poke around in the links — you can buy a poster or a set of 36 postcards showing unfamiliar unicode characters. There is a FAQ with instructions for adding to the WIKI. And more.

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