From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Oct 17 2009 - 09:49:59 CDT
Yasuo Kida wrote:
> Twitter started supporting Emoji through its Japanese site twtr.jp.
> Apparently they use Google's internal code. For example when I enter
> docomo #140 'Happy face' from my docomo phone and look at the tweet
> from the Mac, the code is U+FE330 which is docomo #140 in Google's
> internal code. If I post U+FE330 from my Mac I can see it correctly as
> docomo #140 from my docomo phone. I believe twtr.jp, by recognizing
> your cellphone's carrier, converts between your carrier's emoji code
> and their internal (or public?) code.
This was one of my concerns: the existing PUA code points are already in
use and at least somewhat interoperable, using a "private agreement"
shared between the commercial interests, yet it was felt important to
assign standard code points to this set.
> As twitter started accumulating user data in Google's internal code
> and all tweets are visible globally, it might obtain a de-facto
> position soon I am afraid, unless ISO finishes the standardization and
> someone major start supporting the standard quickly.
The process is underway. Of all the proposals that would seem to call
for fast-tracking in UTC or WG2, I can't possibly see this collection of
smiley faces and fish cakes as being among them.
Not every vendor or Web site will switch immediately to the new code
points and convert existing data. Not everyone's iPhone will
immediately be upgrades and all stored messages transcoded. Google's
internal codes will continue in use for some time, and once the
standardization process is complete, apps will now have the additional
burden of supporting each of the emoji at two code points, and possibly
equating them in searches. This situation will not be improved by
pushing the standardization bodies to move faster.
-- Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | http://www.ewellic.org RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14 | ietf-languages @ http://is.gd/2kf0s
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