Re: Comparison of emoji and emoticons

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Dec 30 2008 - 13:23:30 CST

Ruszlan Gaszanov wrote:

> Then why on Earth are we discussing *encoding as text* something that is
> unlikely to be ever transmitted or rendered as text in the first place?

Because some telecom companies are currently *transmitting* a basic set
of emoji as text, using non-standardised encoding. Presumably, if they
had chosen a different mechanism, some other standards organisation
would be debating the merits of emoji. The fact that a different
mechanism is going to be necessary to realise the full potential of
emoji -- as an open set, as personalised representations of individuals
within user communities -- strongly suggests to me that proposal to
encode the currently employed subset of emoji is the solution to the
wrong problem.


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