Dingbat
Poem typeset with generous use of decorative dingbats around the edges 1880s. Dingbats are not part of the text.

In typography, a dingbat (sometimes more formally known as a printer's ornament or printer's character) is an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames (similar to box-drawing characters). The term continues to be used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters.

Examples of characters included in Unicode (ITC Zapf Dingbats series 100 and others):

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The advent of Unicode and the universal character set it provides allowed commonly used dingbats to be given their own character codes. Although fonts claiming Unicode coverage will contain glyphs for dingbats in addition to alphabetic characters, fonts that have dingbats in place of alphabetic characters continue to be popular, primarily for ease of input. Such fonts are also sometimes known as pi fonts.[1]

Some of the dingbat symbols have been used as signature marks, used in bookbinding to order sections.

Dingbats Unicode block

Dingbats
RangeU+2700..U+27BF
(192 code points)
PlaneBMP
ScriptsCommon
Assigned192 code points
Unused0 reserved code points
Source standardsITC Zapf Dingbats series 100
Unicode version history
1.0.0160 (+160)
3.2174 (+14)
5.2175 (+1)
6.0191 (+16)
7.0192 (+1)
Note: [2][3]

The Dingbats block (U+2700-U+27BF) was added to the Unicode Standard in June 1993, with the release of version 1.1. This code block contains decorative character variants, and other marks of emphasis and non-textual symbolism. Most of its characters were taken from Zapf Dingbats.

Character table

Code Result Description
U+2700 ? Black safety scissors
U+2701 ? Upper blade scissors
U+2702 ? Black scissors
U+2703 ? Lower blade scissors
U+2704 ? White scissors
U+2705 ? White heavy check mark
U+2706 ? Telephone location sign
U+2707 ? Tape drive
U+2708 ? Airplane
U+2709 ? Envelope
U+270A ? Raised fist
U+270B ? Raised hand
U+270C ? Victory hand
U+270D ? Writing hand
U+270E ? Lower right pencil
U+270F ? Pencil
U+2710 ? Upper right pencil
U+2711 ? White nib
U+2712 ? Black nib
U+2713 ? Check mark
U+2714 ? Heavy check mark
U+2715 ? Multiplication X
U+2716 ? Heavy multiplication X
U+2717 ? Ballot X
U+2718 ? Heavy ballot X
U+2719 ? Outlined Greek cross
U+271A ? Heavy Greek cross
U+271B ? Open center cross
U+271C ? Heavy open center cross
U+271D ? Latin cross
U+271E ? Shadowed white Latin cross
U+271F ? Outlined Latin cross
U+2720 ? Maltese cross
U+2721 ? Star of David
U+2722 ? Four teardrop-spoked asterisk
U+2723 ? Four balloon-spoked asterisk
U+2724 ? Heavy four balloon-spoked asterisk
U+2725 ? Four club-spoked asterisk
U+2726 ? Black four-pointed star
U+2727 ? White four-pointed star
U+2728 ? Sparkles
U+2729 ? Stress outlined white star
U+272A ? Circled white star
U+272B ? Open center black star
U+272C ? Black center white star
U+272D ? Outlined black star
U+272E ? Heavy outlined black star
U+272F ? Pinwheel star
U+2730 ? Shadowed white star
U+2731 ? Heavy asterisk
U+2732 ? Open center asterisk
U+2733 ? Eight spoked asterisk
U+2734 ? Eight pointed black star
U+2735 ? Eight pointed pinwheel star
U+2736 ? Six pointed black star
U+2737 ? Eight pointed rectilinear black star
U+2738 ? Heavy eight pointed rectilinear black star
U+2739 ? Twelve pointed black star
U+273A ? Sixteen pointed asterisk
U+273B ? Teardrop spoked asterisk
U+273C ? Open center teardrop spoked asterisk
U+273D ? Heavy teardrop spoked asterisk
U+273E ? Six petalled black and white florette
U+273F ? Black florette
U+2740 ? White florette
U+2741 ? Eight petalled outlined black florette
U+2742 ? Circled open center eight pointed star
U+2743 ? Heavy teardrop spoked pinwheel asterisk
U+2744 ? Snowflake
U+2745 ? Tight trifoliate snowflake
U+2746 ? Heavy chevron snowflake
U+2747 ? Sparkle
U+2748 ? Heavy sparkle
U+2749 ? Balloon spoked asterisk
U+274A ? Eight teardrop spoked propeller asterisk
U+274B ? Heavy eight teardrop spoked propeller asterisk
U+274C ? Cross mark
U+274D ? Shadowed white circle
U+274E ? Negative squared cross mark
U+274F ? Lower right drop-shadowed white square
U+2750 ? Upper right drop-shadowed white square
U+2751 ? Lower right shadowed white square
U+2752 ? Upper right shadowed white square
U+2753 ? Black question mark ornament
U+2754 ? White question mark ornament
U+2755 ? White exclamation mark ornament
U+2756 ? Black diamond minus white X
U+2757 ? Heavy exclamation mark symbol
U+2758 ? Light vertical bar
U+2759 ? Medium vertical bar
U+275A ? Heavy vertical bar
U+275B ? Heavy single turned comma quotation mark ornament
U+275C ? Heavy single comma quotation mark ornament
U+275D ? Heavy double turned comma quotation mark ornament
U+275E ? Heavy double comma quotation mark ornament
U+275F ? Heavy low single comma quotation mark ornament
U+2760 ? Heavy low double comma quotation mark ornament
U+2761 ? Curved stem paragraph sign ornament
U+2762 ? Heavy exclamation mark ornament
U+2763 ? Heavy heart exclamation mark ornament
U+2764 ? Heavy black heart
U+2765 ? Rotated heavy black heart bullet
U+2766 ? Floral heart
U+2767 ? Rotated floral heart bullet
U+2768 ? Medium left parenthesis ornament
U+2769 ? Medium right parenthesis ornament
U+276A ? Medium flattened left parenthesis ornament
U+276B ? Medium flattened right parenthesis ornament
U+276C ? Medium left-pointing angle bracket ornament
U+276D ? Medium right-pointing angle bracket ornament
U+276E ? Heavy left-pointing angle quotation mark ornament
U+276F ? Heavy right-pointing angle quotation mark ornament
U+2770 ? Heavy left-pointing angle bracket ornament
U+2771 ? Heavy right-pointing angle bracket ornament
U+2772 ? Light left tortoise shell bracket ornament
U+2773 ? Light right tortoise shell bracket ornament
U+2774 ? Medium left curly bracket ornament
U+2775 ? Medium left curly bracket ornament
U+2776 ? Dingbat negative circled digit one
U+2777 ? Dingbat negative circled digit two
U+2778 ? Dingbat negative circled digit three
U+2779 ? Dingbat negative circled digit four
U+277A ? Dingbat negative circled digit five
U+277B ? Dingbat negative circled digit six
U+277C ? Dingbat negative circled digit seven
U+277D ? Dingbat negative circled digit eight
U+277E ? Dingbat negative circled digit nine
U+277F ? Dingbat negative circled digit ten
U+2780 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit one
U+2781 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit two
U+2782 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit three
U+2783 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit four
U+2784 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit five
U+2785 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit six
U+2786 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit seven
U+2787 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit eight
U+2788 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit nine
U+2789 ? Dingbat circled sans-serif digit ten
U+278A ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit one
U+278B ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit two
U+278C ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit three
U+278D ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit four
U+278E ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit five
U+278F ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit six
U+2790 ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit seven
U+2791 ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit eight
U+2792 ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit nine
U+2793 ? Dingbat negative circled sans-serif digit ten
U+2794 ? Heavy wide-headed rightward arrow
U+2795 ? Heavy plus sign
U+2796 ? Heavy minus sign
U+2797 ? Heavy division sign
U+2798 ? Heavy south east arrow
U+2799 ? Heavy rightward arrow
U+279A ? Heavy north east arrow
U+279B ? Drafting point rightward arrow
U+279C ? Heavy round-tipped rightward arrow
U+279D ? Triangle-headed rightward arrow
U+279E ? Heavy triangle-headed rightward arrow
U+279F ? Dashed triangle-headed rightward arrow
U+27A0 ? Heavy dashed triangle-headed rightward arrow
U+27A1 ? Black rightward arrow
U+27A2 ? Three-D top-lighted rightward arrowhead
U+27A3 ? Three-D bottom-lighted rightward arrowhead
U+27A4 ? Black rightward arrowhead
U+27A5 ? Heavy black curved downward and rightward arrow
U+27A6 ? Heavy black curved upward and rightward arrow
U+27A7 ? Squat black rightward arrow
U+27A8 ? Heavy concave-pointed black rightward arrow
U+27A9 ? Right-shaded white rightward arrow
U+27AA ? Left-shaded white rightward arrow
U+27AB ? Back-tilted shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27AC ? Front-tilted shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27AD ? Heavy lower right-shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27AE ? Heavy upper right-shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27AF ? Notched lower right-shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27B0 ? Curly loop
U+27B1 ? Notched upper right-shadowed white rightward arrow
U+27B2 ? Circled heavy white rightward arrow
U+27B3 ? White-feathered rightward arrow
U+27B4 ? Black-feathered south east arrow
U+27B5 ? Black-feathered rightward arrow
U+27B6 ? Black-feathered north east arrow
U+27B7 ? Heavy black-feathered south east arrow
U+27B8 ? Heavy black-feathered rightward arrow
U+27B9 ? Heavy black-feathered north east arrow
U+27BA ? Teardrop-barbed rightward arrow
U+27BB ? Heavy teardrop-shanked rightward arrow
U+27BC ? Wedge-tailed rightward arrow
U+27BD ? Heavy wedge-tailed rightward arrow
U+27BE ? Open-outlined rightward arrow
U+27BF ? Double curly loop

Compact table

Emoji

The Dingbats block contains 33 emoji: U+2702, U+2705, U+2708-U+270D, U+270F, U+2712, U+2714, U+2716, U+271D, U+2721, U+2728, U+2733-U+2734, U+2744, U+2747, U+274C, U+274E, U+2753-U+2755, U+2757, U+2763-U+2764, U+2795-U+2797, U+27A1, U+27B0 and U+27BF.[4][5]

The block has 40 standardized variants defined to specify emoji-style (U+FE0F VS16) or text presentation (U+FE0E VS15) for the following twenty base characters: U+2702, U+2708-U+2709, U+270C-U+270D, U+270F, U+2712, U+2714, U+2716, U+271D, U+2721, U+2733-U+2734, U+2744, U+2747, U+2753, U+2757, U+2763-U+2764 and U+27A1. [6]

Emoji variation sequences
U+ 2702 2708 2709 270C 270D 270F 2712 2714 2716 271D
default presentation text text text text text[7] text text text text text
base code point ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
base+VS15 (text) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
base+VS16 (emoji) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
U+ 2721 2733 2734 2744 2747 2753 2757 2763 2764 27A1
default presentation text text text text text emoji emoji text text text
base code point ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
base+VS15 (text) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
base+VS16 (emoji) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Skin tones

The Dingbats block has four emoji that represent hands. They can be modified using U+1F3FB-U+1F3FF to provide for a range of skin tones using the Fitzpatrick scale:[5]

Human emoji
U+ 270A 270B 270C 270D
emoji ? ? ? ?
FITZ-1-2
FITZ-3
FITZ-4
FITZ-5
FITZ-6

Additional human emoji can be found in other Unicode blocks: Emoticons, Miscellaneous Symbols, Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs, Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs and Transport and Map Symbols.

History

The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Dingbats block:

Version Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
1.0.0 U+2701..2704, 2706..2709, 270C..2727, 2729..274B, 274D, 274F..2752, 2756, 2758..275E, 2761..2767, 2776..2794, 2798..27AF, 27B1..27BE 160 (to be determined)
N4182 Edberg, Peter (2011-12-22), Emoji Variation Sequences (Revision of L2/11-429)
Davis, Mark; et al. (2015-01-29), Additional variation selectors for emoji
Pournader, Roozbeh (2015-11-01), A proposal for 278 standardized variation sequences for emoji
3.2 U+2768..2775 14 Patel, Sairus (2000-11-21), Proposal for additional 14 Dingbats
Patel, Sairus (2000-12-18), Proposal to complete the Dingbats block in Unicode/ISO-IEC 10646
N2321 Patel, Sairus (2001-01-31), Proposal to complete the Dingbats block in Unicode/ISO-IEC 10646
5.2 U+2757 1 Suignard, Michel (2007-08-02), Japanese TV Symbols
N3341 Suignard, Michel (2007-09-18), Japanese TV Symbols
N3397 Suignard, Michel (2008-03-11), Japanese TV symbols
Iancu, Lauren?iu (2008-03-22), Names and allocation of some Japanese TV symbols from N3397
Pentzlin, Karl (2008-04-16), Comments on L2/08-077R2 "Japanese TV Symbols"
N3468 Sekiguchi, Masahiro (2008-04-22), Collected comments on Japanese TV Symbols (WG2 N3397)
N3469 Suignard, Michel (2008-04-23), Japanese TV symbols
Pentzlin, Karl (2008-05-07), Comments on L2/08-077R2 "Japanese TV Symbols"
Pentzlin, Karl (2008-08-05), Proposal to rename and reassign some Japanese TV Symbols from L2/08-077R3
Stötzner, Andreas (2008-08-06), Improvement suggestions for n3469
Scherer, Markus (2008-08-08), Feedback on the Japanese TV Symbols Proposal (L2/08-077R3)
Scherer, Markus (2009-01-29), Request to change some ARIB/AMD6 character names and a code point
N4182 Edberg, Peter (2011-12-22), Emoji Variation Sequences (Revision of L2/11-429)
6.0 U+2705, 270A..270B, 2728, 274C, 274E, 2753..2755, 2795..2797, 27B0, 27BF[c] 14 Scherer, Markus; Davis, Mark; Momoi, Kat; Tong, Darick; Kida, Yasuo; Edberg, Peter (2009-03-05), Proposal for Encoding Emoji Symbols
N3583 Scherer, Markus; Davis, Mark; Momoi, Kat; Tong, Darick; Kida, Yasuo; Edberg, Peter (2009-02-06), Emoji Symbols Proposed for New Encoding
N3681 Scherer, Markus (2009-09-17), Emoji Symbols: Background Data
N3607 Towards an encoding of symbol characters used as emoji, 2009-04-06
N3722 Suignard, Michel (2009-11-02), "Ireland T2", Disposition of comments on SC2 N 4078 (PDAM text for Amendment 8 to ISO/IEC 10646:2003)
N3776 DoCoMo Input on Emoji, 2010-03-08
N3777 KDDI Input on Emoji, 2010-03-08
N3828 Suignard, Michel (2010-04-22), "JP.G11b, JP.T5, JP.T12", Disposition of comments on SC2 N 4123 (FPDAM text for Amendment 8 to ISO/IEC 10646:2003)
Scherer, Markus; Davis, Mark; Momoi, Kat; Tong, Darick; Kida, Yasuo; Edberg, Peter (2010-04-27), Emoji Symbols: Background Data
N3829 Constable, Peter; et al. (2010-04-27), "10", Emoji Ad-Hoc Meeting Report
Pournader, Roozbeh; Felt, Doug (2016-11-07), Add text and emoji standardized variation sequences for 96 symbols
U+275F..2760 2 N3565 Proposal to encode two heavy low quotes for German in the UCS Dingbats block, 2009-01-15
7.0 U+2700 1 Suignard, Michel (2011-02-15), Wingdings and Webdings symbols - Preliminary study
N4239 Suignard, Michel (2011-02-16), Disposition of comments on SC2 N 4201 (PDAM text for Amendment 1.2 to ISO/IEC 10646 3rd edition)
Suignard, Michel (2011-05-09), Proposal to add Wingdings and Webdings symbols
N4022 Suignard, Michel (2011-05-21), Revised Wingdings proposal
N4115 Suignard, Michel (2011-06-08), Proposal to add Wingdings and Webdings Symbols
N4143 Suignard, Michel (2011-09-28), Updated proposal to add Wingdings and Webdings Symbols
N4363 Suignard, Michel (2012-10-13), Status of encoding of Wingdings and Webdings Symbols
N4384 Suignard, Michel (2012-11-06), Status of encoding of Wingdings and Webdings Symbols
Requests regarding the Wingdings/Webdings characters in ISO/IEC 10646 PDAM 1.2, 2012-12-27
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names
  2. ^ a b See also L2/10-458, L2/11-414, L2/11-415, and L2/11-429
  3. ^ a b c d e Refer to the history section of the Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs block for additional emoji-related documents
  4. ^ See also L2/13-207, L2/14-054, L2/14-063, L2/15-051.html, L2/15-051.txt
  5. ^ See also L2/15-198 and L2/15-275
  6. ^ Japanese translation of N3582 is available as N3621

Ornamental Dingbats Unicode block

Ornamental Dingbats
RangeU+1F650..U+1F67F
(48 code points)
PlaneSMP
ScriptsCommon
Symbol setsLeaf ornaments, ornamental punctuation
Assigned48 code points
Unused0 reserved code points
Source standardsdingbat fonts Webdings, Wingdings, and Wingdings 2
Unicode version history
7.048 (+48)
Note: [2][3]

The Ornamental Dingbats block was added to the Unicode Standard in June 2014 with the release of version 7.0. This code block contains ornamental leaves, punctuation, and ampersands, quilt squares, and checkerboard patterns. It is a subset of dingbat fonts Webdings, Wingdings, and Wingdings 2.[14]

See also

Dingbat fonts

References

  1. ^ "Fonts by Adobe" (PDF). adobe.com.
  2. ^ a b "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "UTR #51: Unicode Emoji". Unicode Consortium. 2018-05-21.
  5. ^ a b "UCD: Emoji Data for UTR #51". Unicode Consortium. 2018-05-22.
  6. ^ "UTS #51 Emoji Variation Sequences". The Unicode Consortium.
  7. ^ Google Chrome on Android uses the emoji presentation by default, despite this standard.
  8. ^ "N4115: Proposal to add Wingdings and Webdings Symbols" (PDF). Retrieved 2014.

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