From: Christopher Fynn (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jan 04 2009 - 22:13:37 CST
Asmus Freytag wrote:
> The fact that the request to provide a solution using non-PUA
> character codes is so strongly supported by leading search engine
> manufacturer(s) should give you pause here.
Is there a <red-herring> emoji?
MSN, Yahoo, Google and so on are all *much* more than "search engine
manufacturer(s)" - I don't think the proposal has much at all to do
with being able to search and index emoji. More likely is that these
companies simply want to enable their subscribers to use "cute" emoji
in their email and chat services - and to display messages originating
from Japanese cell phones in applications like MSN Live, Yahoo!
Talk and so on.
IMO encoding emoji as UCS characters would serve only as a short term
and limited fix to this problem - Instead of burdening Unicode with
this cruft wouldn't MS, Yahoo, Google et al be be better off working
out amongst themselves and the cell phone carriers a higher level
protocol for exchanging emoji so their users can exchange all the
"cute" emoji they like.
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