Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Thu Dec 25 2008 - 23:35:07 CST

Julian Bradfield <> wrote:

> Unicode encodes cantillation marks, Byzantine musical notation, an
> assortment of dingbats, etc. etc. etc. Why should something with plain
> linguistic communicative value, such as emoticons, be considered "not
> plain text" when all the other stuff is? Cantillation is particularly
> a case in point, as cantillation marks are exactly a "higher-level
> protocol" on top of the plain text, giving additional syntactic
> information (not part of spoken language, if I understand correctly)
> as well as musical directions.
Yes, but most of these are are either

1) well established sets with a long history of usage -
In the case of things like cantillation marks, and
musical notation these have clearly defined meaning.

2) Dingbats or symbol sets that were part of some
*pre-existing* symbol set standard.

Encoding Emoji appears to potentially open up the UCS to any new symbol set cell phone carriers & manufacturers decide to support on their devices.

- Chris


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