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Unicode Favourites

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Simple question: What's you favourite Unicode character? Here are some of my favourites: [Requires you to have some font containing those characters for full enjoyment.]

SNOWMAN, U+2603. It's quite cute in some fonts, Hiragino Mincho, say. Apparently it's the sign for snowy weather. Definitely a must-have for a decent font.

POSTAL MARK FACE, U+3020. The Japanese postal mark (〒), decorated to be a face. Nice one.

PLACE OF INTEREST, U+2318. This was formerly called COMMAND KEY, for the obvious reason. But it's also used to designate sights on traffic signs in some countries.

ARABIC LIGATURE SALLALLAHOU ALAYHE WASALLAM, U+FDFA. This is the latest addition to my collection. Steffen pointed it out to me yesterday when we were discussing some UnicodeChecker related things. Not only is this a very pretty character, it is also the one with the longest decomposition – consisting of no less than 18 characters, included three spaces: صلى الله عليه وسلم. Text Clipping A fun fact for Mac users in this context may be that dragging that character to the desktop will give the text clipping with a LTR file name you see here.

The fi ligature has been my long-time favourite, particularly in italic fonts it is extremely pretty. I like looking at them and drawing them.

Addendum: Browsers don't seem to deal too gracefully with the spacing around the floats in this entry. I hope that's not my fault.

December 20, 2003, 16:04


Comment by Johannes Bergerhausen: User icon

Nice. You can see 50,000 more at www.decodeunicode.org

October 14, 2006, 10:18

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