Re: Emoji: Public Review December 2008

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Sun Dec 21 2008 - 23:57:22 CST

Asmus Freytag <> wrote

> If the symbol has recognizable
> shape and is used in regular (text) interchange between writer and
> reader it it subject to encoding.
> In other words, the symbol clearly has some sort of conventional meaning
> (even if the character encoder doesn't know them or all of them at the
> start) and it is possible to draw a rough line that designates what
> acceptable ordinary (as well as fancy) glyph variations might be. Those
> are the very practical questions that have to be resolved when actually
> encoding something.

Go to the children's section of your public library. There you should
be able to find any number of children's books (=examples) where
pictographs are substituted for some of the words in sentances. Since
the meaning of these symbols is clearly obvious to almost any five or
six year old (=conventional meaning), and these symbols occur in text,
are they candidates for encoding?

- Chris

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