Re: [jats-list] Use of STIX font characters (Archiving v3)

Subject: Re: [jats-list] Use of STIX font characters (Archiving v3)
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:30:07 -0500
Dear Simon,

Although this isn't my area of expertise, I spoke with colleagues about
this (and please accept their apologies for not responding themselves,
which they are unable to do at the moment).

While I can't address this authoritatively, I think the simple fact is
that any use of the Unicode PUA must be understood, in the nature of it,
to be subject to negotiation by parties to interchange. That's what it's
for and indeed why it's there -- so Unicode has a place for ad hoc local
extension, which by definition means that someone else might not
understand it or indeed might have a different use for it. So the first
thing is that while you are free to use STIX and "encouraged" to do so
(as the documentation of private-char puts it), you shouldn't
necessarily assume that STIX offers you anything like a free ride. It's
just a vehicle you can use, and as such it might be helpful to you and
to any partners who also want to use it. So feel free to use it, but
also document your usage and be ready to explain it.

On the other hand, I dare say the language of the standard (in the
guidelines on private-char and possibly elsewhere) could be updated and
clarified, since (as I understand it) this corner hasn't received much
recent attention. I'm sure the committee would be receptive to any questions regarding it, or for that matter to suggestions from you or anyone on whether and how this should be done.

I hope this helps,

On 1/19/2012 10:37 AM, Newton, Simon - Edinburgh wrote:
Dear fellow subscribers,

The element reference manual entry for<private-char>  state that
"This Suite has been designed [to support] ...the use of entities
defined by the STIX project (", but there is
no example to illustrate the use of a STIX character. Each STIX
character has a Private Use Area (PUA) code point... for example that
for "Chemistry: converging bond" is&E0D1;. So, is it correct to say
that one can simply use the STIX code points in this way in an NLM
file (i.e. there is no need to use<private-char>  combined with glyph

Many thanks - Simon.


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