Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 08:45:17 CST

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    Doug Ewell wrote:
    > What about the pictures of pigs and cactus and love hotels and patrol
    > cars with revolving light? Asmus is right: emoji (as a group) are not
    > the same as emoticons. Let's ignore, for the moment, the emoji that
    > actually are emoticons, the ones that have traditionally been
    > represented by some form of sideways, one-line ASCII art, and talk about
    > things like the pigs and cactus.

    This reminds me of the old joke:
    "Lady, would you sleep with me for $1,000,000?"
    "Um... Well... OK, yes."
    "Would you sleep with me for $50?"
    "What!? Who do you think I am?"
    "We already established who you are, now we're bargaining on the price."

    In other words, I don't think the question should be "whether" but
    "which ones" to encode.

    Let's ignore, for the moment, that emoji are actually emoji, and just
    treat them as characters that are up for potential encoding. I do think
    that a part of them may not be up to the requirements for ISO/Unicode
    standardization. The ones that are up the requirements should be
    encoded, for others, vendors should use PUA.

    Adam Twardoch
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