Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 18:58:19 CST

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    Michael Everson wrote:

    > The national flags, and the STATUE OF LIBERTY and TOKYO TOWER seem
    > very much out of scope, unless the door is being opened to STONEHENGE
    > and NEWGRANGE and all the other flags.

    They are in the emoji set, and in those particular cases
    (except the STATUE OF LIBERTY) occur in more than one of the
    vendor sets and are cross-mapped to each other. Hardly a case of
    being "out of scope".

    As for the particulars, I guess nobody has been paying attention
    to what I've said about the ten FLAG SYMBOL XX characters
    (e-4E5..e-4EE). They are not symbols of countries, nor are
    they symbols of flags. They are flag icons being used in
    these sets as symbols for 10 common language localizations.
    That is why I recommend that:

     a. the glyphs be changed to make that clear
     b. the names be changed to EMOJI SYMBOL FOR RUSSIAN LOCALISATION
        or something similar
    All the FUD about "all the other flags" is merely creating
    roadblocks for accomplishing what needs to be done to get
    interoperable cross-mappings for these 10 symbols in the set.

    As for TOKYO TOWER and STATUE OF LIBERTY, they are just two
    random doohickey symbols in the set. It is not worth the
    life-shortening effects of high blood pressure to worry about
    them opening the door to encoding a character for every
    tourist destination around the world.

    I can assure you that I have no plans to bring in a proposal
    for the COIT TOWER, SEARS TOWER, and WATTS TOWERS characters
    anytime soon. So I think the Irish NB may desist on demanding
    an encoding for the NEWGRANGE, OBRIENS TOWER, and OLD
    JAMESON DISTILLERY characters.


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