RE: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Ruszlan Gaszanov (
Date: Thu Dec 25 2008 - 04:57:04 CST

Egyptian hieroglyphs and emoticons have distinct semantics. Emoji animal,
fruit, vegetable and food pictures are just random pictures of animals,
fruit, vegetables and food U+263A.


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Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2008 11:22 AM
To: Ruszlan Gaszanov
Subject: Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

On 25 Dec 2008, at 09:50, Ruszlan Gaszanov wrote:

> Personally, I see no problem with encoding a few more common
> emoticons - after all we already have U+2639, U+263A and U+263B. It
> is the value of encoding things like images of animals and
> vegetables or animated versions of existing punctuation I find
> highly questionable.

Lots of the animals are encoded as Egyptian hieroglyphs already.

Michael Everson *

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