Unicode 5.1.0

Unicode 5.1.0 was released on the fourth this month. There’s still lots more scripts and repertoires to cover, but for me a few notable additions were made in this revision, for example…

Devanagari

  • u0971 DEVANAGARI SIGN HIGH SPACING DOT — though I’d rather use the common dot/full stop (u002E, ‘.’) in a specific language/script environment
  • u0972 DEVANAGARI LETTER CANDRA A

Miscellaneous symbols

  • u26B3 CERES
  • u26B4 PALLAS
  • u26B5 JUNO
  • u26B6 VESTA
  • u26B7 CHIRON
  • u26B8 BLACK MOON LILITH
  • u26B9 SEXTILE
  • u26BA SEMISEXTILE
  • u26BB QUINCUNX
  • u26BC SESQUIQUADRATE

Supplemental punctuation

  • u2E28 LEFT DOUBLE PARENTHESIS
  • u2E29 RIGHT DOUBLE PARENTHESIS
  • u2E2A TWO DOTS OVER ONE DOT PUNCTUATION
  • u2E2B ONE DOT OVER TWO DOTS PUNCTUATION
  • u2E2D FIVE DOT MARK

A small hooray for the additional punctuation marks (though they could have been handled as alternative glyphs) and a big hooray for the astrological symbols, now, where’s the rest!? :mrgreen:

Annonser

An Astrological Font

I would like to learn to make a font, or rather several. Here are some of my astro-logical (‘stellar logic’!) thoughts.

Basically, I want to
• Learn and practise making fonts and art
• Have more free/open fonts available
• Be able to choose between different glyphs of the same symbol character
• Be able to use it for classical and modern “Western”, “Chinese” and “Indic/Vedic” astrology (because of my non-knowledge I’d probably prioritise the Latin Western and Devanagari Indic, and as time and knowledge permits continue with CJK, Tibetan, &c. — now, if these thoughts ever come to fruition that is)

Styles
• Normal / Book
• Bold
• Italic / Cursive / Script
• Mono
• Narrow / Condensed
• Wide
• Fraktur

Features
• Graphite (free/open)
• OpenType
• AAT

Coverage
• Numerals (Arabic, CJK, Devanagari, Latin, “Roman”, &c.)
• Letters, a few (Devanagari, Latin, &c.)
• Signs (both abstract and concrete, as well as something in-between)
• Planets
• Aspects
• Phases of the Moon (incl. rotated variants depending on latitude)
• Elements
• Asterisms
• Various other symbols

Other
• Free/open license (OFL, GPL+font, or similar)
• Only use free/open software in creating the font(s)