a "he" ;-). But given argument is still valid. See also my reply
de Alwis <briandealwis@xxxxxxxxx> To:
Interface Architecture Working Group <ui-best-practices-working-group@xxxxxxxxxxx> Date:
[ui-best-practices-working-group] Prefer proper horizontal ellipsis (U+2026)
over three dots in "Menu Item..."? Sent
I asked Kit Lo, lead of Babel, about
that somewhat recently and she recommended against it. See her reply
below, and discussion on bug
Begin forwarded message:
Lo" <kitlo@xxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re:
Use of ellipsis Date: November
6, 2017 at 12:50:38 PM EST To: Brian
de Alwis <bsd@xxxxx>
Brian, Yes, that still applies. Most English .properties files should only use
ASCII characters... unless you really need to use some special Unicode
symbols. But keep in mind that not all countries will understand the special
symbols. Just a simple example, Americans use "#" for numbers,
but many countries use other symbols for numbers and do not understand
"#". Therefore, it's better to use simple ASCII characters in
Regards, Kit Lo Eclipse Babel Project Lead IBM Eclipse SDK (IES) Technical Lead
bug 230381 you noted that: \u2026
is used in the following key in org.eclipse.birt.report.designer.core plugin.
It may cause conversion problems for some langauges during translation.
Using plain ASCII text "..." is recommended. Thanks! That was 9 years ago. I wondered if you
still recommended this practice?
(Not sure if this working group is still alive, but...)
I just filed a bug  with Mylyn about a UI glitch in the Task View, whose root cause is the splitting/shorting of the horizontal ellipsis ("...") we use by convention to mark actions that open a dialog.
See the attached screenshot .
Given that Unicode offers a dedicated horizontal ellipsis character (U+2026) that renders typographically nicer (and often a bit shorter) than three separate dot characters , I wonder if we should not recommend its use.
AFAICT, U+2026 is available in all major fonts today, so I don't see a big drawback to this proposal -- besides a slightly inconsistent look during the transition period.