Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 19:51:03 CST

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    On the FLAGs, we have paid attention to what you said, and opened
    issue #58 for it so that we wouldn't lose it.

    This was one where we didn't take any action yet because this was an
    area where the UTC had already given us direction, and we figured it
    would probably take some discussion there in any event.

    Mind you, I don't think anyone particularly cares what we call these
    being used as proxy for choosing localizations, but such use of
    country flags is strongly discouraged in localization best practices.
    We have no interest in country flags beyond what we need for
    compatibility with the emoji sets!

    And so if it seems likely that that would be the consensus on of the
    UTC, we could go ahead and put it in the working proposal.


    On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 16:58, Kenneth Whistler <> wrote:
    > 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.
    > --Ken

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