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I’m an author and a consultant who specializes in character codes, localization, web authoring, accessibility, and typography. Author of Unicode Explained and Going Global with JavaScript and Globalize.js.


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comment word 2010 generate pdf sometime has errors?
This is a duplicate of the second question mentioned at the end. You should not post a duplicate just because the old question has no answers; we do not want duplicates of the same question floating around, each with its own set of answers. Instead, contribute to getting the old question answered by upvotig it and (as soon as you have enough rep) by comments that clarify the question and provide additional data.
Jul
22
comment How to find and replace hyphens with minus signs in Microsoft Word 2013?
Your method works for me in Word 2007 and in Word 2013. I used the exact strings (with copy and pasre) in your description in “Find what” and “Replace what” boxes.
Jul
18
answered Default character endcoding on Windows versions
Jul
15
comment Are Unicode characters like MUSICAL SYMBOL COMBINING STEM or RECYCLING SYMBOL FOR TYPE-1 PLASTICS used anywhere for their semantic value?
@jtbandes, there’s the document registry unicode.org/L2/all-docs.html but I’m afraid it’s difficult to track down what happened to the proposals.
Jul
15
comment Are Unicode characters like MUSICAL SYMBOL COMBINING STEM or RECYCLING SYMBOL FOR TYPE-1 PLASTICS used anywhere for their semantic value?
@jtbandes, I’ve added references to policy documents.
Jul
15
revised Are Unicode characters like MUSICAL SYMBOL COMBINING STEM or RECYCLING SYMBOL FOR TYPE-1 PLASTICS used anywhere for their semantic value?
Added reference and note.
Jul
14
answered Wingdings font Family not supported by mozilla firefox
Jul
14
answered Are Unicode characters like MUSICAL SYMBOL COMBINING STEM or RECYCLING SYMBOL FOR TYPE-1 PLASTICS used anywhere for their semantic value?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
24
answered Why do some Unicode characters appear as boxes?
Jun
17
comment Word 2013 - default paste options don't work
Works for me, at least when testing copying from other programs: setting default paste to “Keep text only” causes Ctrl+V to do that when copying from a web page, as opposite to default of keeping the formatting. Note that there are several settings, applying to different cases of using copy and paste. It might help if you explained one of the cases you observed: which setting did you set and how, and which operation you performed, and how it failed.
Jun
16
comment Is there any way to reverse text and *character* direction in a pure text document?
@EliasMossholm, writing the transcription right-to-left makes sense in that context and is used e.g. in the “The World’s Writing Systems” when original and transcription are shown together. You might consider additionally using monospace font for both. But mirroring would not be reasonable, since that would violate the identity of Latin letters (just as it would be wrong to write e.g. Hebrew letters as mirrored if you exceptionally write them left-to-right).
Jun
15
answered Is there any way to reverse text and *character* direction in a pure text document?
Jun
15
comment Is there any way to reverse text and *character* direction in a pure text document?
Reversing text direction (which is all that the title refers to) might be meaningful in some contexts, and easy. Mirroring letters is abnormal for any writing system (except for the mirroring of some punctuation that is handled in a special way in the bidirectional algorithm. Who would recognize mirrored Latin letters better than normal letters?
Jun
14
revised Type Mayan numerals?
added 8 characters in body
Jun
12
answered Type Mayan numerals?
Jun
6
comment Some Unicode characters work everywhere but not on Firefox, why?
@trlkly, I don’t see your point. I did not write “they are the same”. My answer explains the nature of the font selection problem. Please post your own answer or make some contribution in a comment if you have something to add to the analysis.
Jun
4
comment Windows, Synergy, and EnableHexNumpad
Using ALT 3232 looks odd. It works, but just because 3232 = 160 mod 256, so ALT 160 is a more natural way,
May
22
comment Is there a list of well used values for the “generator” meta tag?
What do you intend to do with the information? Such tags are basically write-only – not used by browsers or seach engines, though people reading HTML source might be interested in seeing what software produced the mess.
May
16
answered Shortcut for text mode in Word equation editor