Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: John Hudson (
Date: Sat Dec 27 2008 - 13:27:55 CST

Doug Ewell wrote:

> In the survey cited by Christopher Fynn and translated by mpsuzuki, more
> than 72% of users who were dissatisfied with their carrier's emoji set
> said the variety of emoji was too narrow. One reasonable conclusion is
> that the carriers will strive to satisfy these users by adding more
> emoji, which will then have to be added to Unicode as Emoji Extended-A,
> Emoji Extended-B, etc. for the same reasons of "interoperability" as the
> current set.

They might, but if they have any sense and any awareness of what
constitutes 'cool' in terms of communication, they will come up with
something akin to Adobe's SING technology that allows users to make
their own gaiji and embed these in text. A telecommunications company is
never going to be as creative or expansive in their set of emoji as
thousands of Japanese teenagers are going to be. The obvious thing to do
is to liberate the truly open-set of emoji from the restrictions of
standardised character encoding as understood by Unicode, and to let
users create the set through communication with each other.

We're looking at encoding a set of current emoji because some telecom
companies are currently encoding these as text. But that encoding is, I
believe, a temporary measure that ultimately cannot address what makes
emoji desirable to users. I believe it will become obsolete very quickly.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Gulf Islands, BC
The Lord entered her to become a servant.
The Word entered her to keep silence in her womb.
The thunder entered her to be quiet.
             -- St Ephrem the Syrian

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