From: Michael D'Errico (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jan 05 2009 - 19:37:50 CST
> Why limit the emoji alphabet to ASCII, then?
Because all of the scripts in planes C & D would be the same, and since
the most recognized small subset of Unicode is ASCII, it is a natural
choice. I've read on this list that you need over 8,000 Kanji as a bare
minimum for communication, so to include all the worlds languages in the
subset so that nobody is left out would require at least 14 bits; thus
you would only get a maximum of 4 per plane instead of 255. Plus you'd
avoid the need for the complex rendering needed for many scripts.
However, if there was enough demand for a different subset, the UTC could
encode it somewhere else.
> Instead of
> duplicating all the world alphabets in the "emoji" space, why not have
> just two characters: EMOJI LEFT QUOTE and EMOJI RIGHT QUOTE (are these
> names BiDi-compliant?)
Because this creates "emoji mode" and modes are bad. (Sometimes I see
people say that state is bad when they really mean to say that modes are
bad.) In my proposal, all the characters are from an artificial emoji
script so "normal" characters (from the BMP, etc.) don't need to be
interpreted differently in a different mode.
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