Re: Emoji zodiac signs (e-02B ... e-037): Symbolic and pictorial variants

From: Markus Scherer (
Date: Tue Jan 06 2009 - 13:40:27 CST

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    On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 5:48 AM, Karl Pentzlin <>wrote:

    > The current version if the Emoji table
    > (
    > as of 2009-01-06).
    > shows that the characters from KD?DI are pictorial, while the
    > characters from the other two sources (DoCoMo and SoftBank) are
    > symbolic (like the Unicode reference glyphs for U+2648 ... U+2653).
    > In the current Emoji table, these characters are nevertheless unified
    > with the generic Unicode characters U+2648 ... U+2653
    > (with the exception of e-037 OPHIUCHUS where an according generic
    > Unicode symbol is not yet encoded but is possibly to be unified with
    > U+2695 STAFF OF AESCULAPIUS, but this is another subject).
    > Does this unification serve the need of the users of this emoji signs?

    It does, in that it follows the cell phones carriers' own mappings that map
    1:1 between KDDI's pictorial set and DoCoMo's and SoftBank's symbolic sets.


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