Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Michael D. Adams (
Date: Sat Jan 17 2009 - 19:35:28 CST

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    On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:18 PM, Ruszlan Gaszanov <> wrote:
    > verdy_p wrote:
    >>You are trying to paraphrase what I said. However you seem to ignore the existence of the conventional patterns
    >>used in heraldic for representing colors in monochromatic displays. Each heraldic color has its own distinctive
    >>monochromatic pattern (hatches, crosses, dotted, tiles...) which avoids the confusion independantly of the actual
    >>ink color used to render the patttern.
    > The problem with heraldic patterns is that the vast majority of users are not familiar with them. In fact I am willing to wager that at least 9 users out of 10 would not be able to recognize unambiguously the identity of a common tricolor flag rendered in monochrome using heraldic patterns.

    There may also be concerns over legibility. For example the flag of
    the Organization of American States
    ( or the USA state
    Kansas ( features color
    patches that are small enough that when printed at text sizes,
    heraldic patterns don't have enough room to be distinguishable.

    I realize these two flags are not national flags. I mention them only
    because I'm familiar with them. Someone more familiar with various
    national flags will have to mention any such flags might suffer from
    the same problem.

    Michael D. Adams

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