General Punctuation

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General Punctuation
RangeU+2000..U+206F
(112 code points)
PlaneBMP
ScriptsCommon (109 char.)
Inherited (2 char.)
Symbol setsPunctuation
Spaces
Format controls
Assigned111 code points
Unused1 reserved code points
6 deprecated
Unicode version history
1.0.067 (+67)
1.176 (+9)
3.083 (+7)
3.295 (+12)
4.097 (+2)
4.1106 (+9)
5.1107 (+1)
6.3111 (+4)
Note: [1][2]

General Punctuation is a Unicode block containing punctuation, spacing, and formatting characters for use with all scripts and writing systems. Included are the defined-width spaces, joining formats, directional formats, smart quotes, archaic and novel punctuation such as the interobang, and invisible mathematical operators.

Additional punctuation characters are in the Supplemental Punctuation block and sprinkled in dozens of other Unicode blocks.

Block[edit]

General Punctuation[1][2][3]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+200x NQ
 SP 
MQ
 SP 
EN
 SP 
EM
 SP 
 3/M 
SP
 4/M 
SP
 6/M 
SP
F
 SP 
P
 SP 
TH
 SP 
H
 SP 
ZW
 SP 
ZW
 NJ 
 ZW 
J
 LRM   RLM 
U+201x  NB 
U+202x L
 SEP 
P
 SEP 
 LRE   RLE   PDF   LRO   RLO   NNB 
SP
U+203x
U+204x
U+205x MM
  SP  
U+206x  WJ   ƒ()    ×     ,     +    LRI   RLI   FSI   PDI  I
 SS 
A
 SS 
I
 AFS 
A
 AFS 
NA
 DS 
NO
 DS 
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 12.0
2.^ Grey area indicates non-assigned code point
3.^ Unicode code points U+206A - U+206F are deprecated as of Unicode version 3.0

Several characters in this block are usually not rendered with a directly visible glyph. Ten whitespace characters U+2002 through U+200B (fixed en or ½em, em, ⅓em, ¼em, ⅙em, figure and punctuation space, variable thin or ⅕em and hair space, fixed zero-width space) and U+205F (math medium or &frac29;em space) differ by horizontal width, while U+2000 and U+2001 (en and em quad) are effectively aliases of U+2002 and U+2003, respectively; another two, U+202F and U+2060 (ill-termed word joiner) are variants of U+2009 or U+2004 and U+200B that prohibit line-breaks. Three zero-width characters U+200B through U+200D (space, non-joiner and joiner) differ in how they affect ligation and shaping of adjacent letters. Eleven invisible characters U+200E, U+200F (left-to-right and right-to-left mark), U+201A through U+201E (embeds, pops and overrides) and U+2066 through U+2069 (isolates) control the directionality of text unless higher-level markup overrides them. There are explicit line and paragraph separators at U+2018 and U+2019.

Emoji[edit]

The General Punctuation block contains two emoji: U+203C and U+2049.[3][4]

The block has four standardized variants defined to specify emoji-style (U+FE0F VS16) or text presentation (U+FE0E VS15) for the two emoji, both of which default to a text presentation.[5]

Emoji variation sequences
U+ 203C 2049
base code point
base+VS15 (text) ‼︎ ⁉︎
base+VS16 (emoji) ‼️ ⁉️

History[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  3. ^ "UTR #51: Unicode Emoji". Unicode Consortium. 2019-02-04.
  4. ^ "UCD: Emoji Data for UTR #51". Unicode Consortium. 2019-01-15.
  5. ^ "UTS #51 Emoji Variation Sequences". The Unicode Consortium.