From: James Kass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 04 2009 - 02:50:50 CST
Asmus Freytag wrote,
>> What do the real users think?
>Don't know what this list is supposed to prove.
I wanted to see if actual users consider the emoji to be icons.
I saw and shared. If the results had gone the other way, I'd've
shared that, too.
>Nobody disputes that emoji and icon don't have overlap in meaning.
>Merely that "emoticon", strictly defined, and "emoji" have
>characteristics that make them distinct phenomena, and that they are
>therefore neither equal, nor share all each others behavior and
>implementation and use issues.
Icon: a small, often multicolored graphic image used on
computer screens to signify something or another. Often
cryptic, they are used on buttons in lieu of text, even
though many may consider actual words on buttons to be
useful. This is called progress. By extension, an icon
is any small, often multicolored graphic image which may
appear in a display, regardless of whether it is on a button.
An icon is the computer display equivalent of stylized graphic
designs used in road signs and on automobile dashboards.
Often proprietary and frequently idiosyncratic, some users
like to use icons to spice up their text.
Emoji are icons. Graphic emoticons are icons.
Other than semantic differences between individual icons,
icons are icons. If there were a U.S. group with a <cartoon
of a quacking duck> icon and they called it an emoticon, and
there were a Japanese group with a <cartoon of a quacking
duck> icon and they called it an emoji, I would certainly
expect them to be equal -- same treatment, same behavior,
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