Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Leo Broukhis (
Date: Fri Jan 02 2009 - 01:23:22 CST

On Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 10:29 PM, Peter Constable <> wrote:
> There's an oxymoronic problem here that isn't sustainable in the long run: public interchange using private-use encodings. Either public interchange is not assumed to be possible, or the private-use area is no longer really private. If public interchange *is* happening in text protocols, then the de facto reality is that there are (abstract) characters* involved that are potential candidates for encoding in the Universal Character Set.

Would it be possible to solve this problem by designating a set of
"telecom compatibility characters"
without going into the details of their semantics in the canonical
character names,
will be standardized as "NNN" drawn in a distinctive way, but in
practice a multitude of "fantasy" fonts
(or rather picture banks) of varying colorization and animation will be used?


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