Re: Twitter started supporting emoji in Japan

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Tue Oct 20 2009 - 02:24:49 CDT

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    On Monday 19 October 2009, Doug Ewell <> wrote:

    > ... , implying that the Rubicon has already been
    > crossed.)

    Surely the crossing of the Rubicon means going irrevocably against established authority, yet in the emoji situation there is no established authority to have gone against as the emoji are not encoded in regular Unicode at this time.

    This is an important distinction.

    The situation is not politically the same as if a Private Use Area encoding had been devised after a regular Unicode encoding had been established and then used notwithstanding the existence of a regular Unicode encoding.

    If a regular Unicode encoding becomes available, then it could well be used. The Google encoding in the Private Use Area is helpful in the present situation as it is an encoding that is available to use. If a regular Unicode encoding becomes available, then the Google encoding may then become obsolescent.

    I have used the Google encoding myself.

    Some readers might find the following thread and a thread linked from it of interest: it is about how I learned how to make a font with a glyph mapped beyond plane zero.

    William Overington

    20 October 2009

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