Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: David Starner (
Date: Tue Dec 30 2008 - 19:03:46 CST

On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 7:04 PM, André Szabolcs Szelp
<> wrote:
> Well, your argumentation is flawed here. Actually, interpreting :)
> different than "colon-parenthesis" (e.g. as "smiley") does not imply
> that you are not interpreting the text as ASCII. On the contrary. When
> you interpret the substring "sh" in an English text (encoded in ASCII)
> as IPA [ʃ] rather than IPA [s.h], you are still interpreting the
> transmitted word "sunshine" in ASCII.

The systems in question take :) and display a colored version of ☺.
That's like my system displaying "sunʃine" in your email when you sent
sunshine. That's adding an ad-hoc interpretation level to the system,
and can be quite the pain at times. In the phpBB-based forum I use
frequently, 8) is a notorious villain, a face appearing where straight
ASCII interpretation would gives us a number and a parenthesis.

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