[OT] Are there tags for cities and towns anywhere please?

Kent Karlsson kentk at cs.chalmers.se
Fri Nov 21 15:04:02 CET 2003

> "It is snowing in
> >London" would be broadcast as a Unicode Private Use Area character to
> >indicate "It is snowing in (city or town)."
> No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. A thousand times no.

I agree with Michael here.

However, it is not a new idea to send data as codes somehow.
E.g. images, sound, etc. including weather data (there are
codes for "rain", "storm" etc. that the weather services use;
I'm not familiar with them though). In most cases they are
NOT transferred as strings of characters. And even in case they
are represented as characters, do NOT use the PUA for it.

So, by all means invent codes for it, to the extent that the
existing ones are insufficient, and the bit representation
for those codes. If you think you can get anyone to use them...
But to NOT try to make them into PUA characters!

B.t.w. there is an old story that some time a snow storm
was reported in Sahara. However, it turned out that the
sand storm code was the same as the snow storm code,
and the temperature was used to disambiguate. And it
happended to be a cold night, below 0 °C... (I don't know
if the story is true.)

		/kent k
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