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Re: emacs could not show this symbol.

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: emacs could not show this symbol.
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:12:33 +0100

Am 28.02.2008 um 01:56 schrieb anhnmncb:

Now I find another symbol emac couldn't recognize:

        character: ✺ (10042, #o23472, #x273a)

It's from the dingbats block: SIXTEEN POINTED ASTERISK. Zapf Dingbats has it, the Lucida Sans fonts in Java have it, Code2000, FreeSerif ...

I think there is no way to use fc-list.

The name of the character can be output when you customise what is printed by C-u C-x =. There is particularly one variable name: describe-char-unicodedata-file in GNU Emacs 22 ... 23.0.50 and unicodedata-file in GNU Emacs 23.0.60:

'(describe-char-unicodedata-file "/Applications/ Contents/Resources/Unicode Data/UnicodeData.txt")
        '(unicodedata-file "/sw/lib/clisp-2.43/data/UnicodeDataFull.txt")

The file UnicodeData.txt comes with Kermit, Perl, xindy, XeTeX – and GNU Emacs 23.x.
The file UnicodeDataFull.txt comes with CLisp or xindy.

The output then can be:

        character: ✺ (10042, #o23472, #x273a)
preferred charset: gb18030 (GB18030)
       code point: 0x8137C136
           syntax: w    which means: word
      buffer code: #xE2 #x9C #xBA
        file code: #xE2 #x9C #xBA (encoded by coding system utf-8-unix)
          display: by this font (glyph code)
-monotype-arial unicode ms-medium-r-normal--10-98-74-74-p-99- gb18030.2000-0 (#xC136)

Character code properties: customize what to show
  general-category: So (Symbol, Other)
canonical-combining-class: 0 (Spacing, split, enclosing, reordrant, and Tibetan subjoined)



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