Re: Emoji: Public Review December 2008

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Dec 21 2008 - 14:14:24 CST

Is it possible to ask the Japanese cell-phone makers to query their
databases of SMS and MMS messages that have been sent through their
systems in the past N months or years, to find out which emoji have
actually been used in these messages?

This data is probably stored and available for "security" purposes in
this post-9/11 era. Of course, no personal information about senders or
recipients or other context would be desired.

I would guess that some emoji, like the basic smileys, have been used
with great frequency, while others have been used seldom or not at all.

This information, together with the fact that not all of the emoji are
present in all three vendor sets, and some vendor assignments are mapped
to two or more Unicode emoji, could answer some important questions
about the true need for interchange of all 600-some proposed images.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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