I can’t say I’m thrilled with the Genealogical Symbols either. The implementation lacks the granular control seen in the rest of Gramps. It’s all about more efficient use of GUI screen space. [Forgot to note that Symbols simplify Internationalization too!]
Part of the problem is that the OSes do auto-substitution if the font being used doesn’t have a glyph defined for the UNICODE character the programmer chose as the symbol of a genealogical situation. But the font selected for the substitution is arbitrary with some being outsized or grotesque. On the other hand, if we find a Font with a better glyph for a particular symbol, that font has to be applied across ALL text in the GUI. It can’t be applied to JUST the genealogical symbols or, better yet, only one of those symbols.
But to my mind, the unforgivable thing about the genealogical symbol implementation is that the GLYPHS have no universally understood meaning.
As frequent USERS of Gramps, we’ll eventually learn the meaning of the symbols. But our readers will actually need a symbol key for reports generated with Symbols. (Asterisk means ‘birth’?!? That’s completely arbitrary. Asterisk means footnote in standard reference typography & wildcard in most computer use.) Only the male/Mars & female/Venus symbols are relatively unambiguous & part of the vernacular. (Introduced for plant genders by Carl Linnaeus in 1751 but more commonly known from the cultural influence of Astrology.)
The Symbol List:
- Asexuality, sexless, genderless
- Male homosexuality
- Transgender, hermaphrodite (in entomology)
- Unmarried partnership
- Cremated/Funeral urn
- Killed in action