Emoji are pictographs (pictorial symbols) that are typically presented in
a colorful form and used inline in text. They represent things such as
faces, weather, vehicles and buildings, food and drink, animals and
plants, or icons that represent emotions, feelings, or activities.
This page provides information about Unicode emoji and their development. For external resources on emoji, see Emoji Resources.
For information about emoji images on this site, see
Emoji Images and Rights.
The presentation at the top right gives an overview of Unicode emoji.
There isn’t a voice-over, so click on the gear to open the speaker notes.
|Unicode Emoji Charts
||illustrate various features of the emoji characters in
Unicode, and accompany the material in UTS #51.
|UTS #51: Unicode
||provides design guidelines and data for improving emoji
interoperability across platforms, and gives background
information about emoji symbols
|Unicode Emoji Data
||are the machine-readable emoji data files associated with
|Submitting Emoji Proposals
||describes how emoji are proposed and selected for inclusion
in the Unicode Standard.
|Emoji Encoding Principles
||describes guidelines for encoding emoji and how it differs
from encoding normal characters.
||provides some frequently-asked questions
and answers for submitters of emoji proposals.
Emoji and Dingbats
||provides some frequently-asked questions and answers for
general topics related to emoji.
||collects emoji-related media articles and presentations.
The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee is responsible for the following:
- Updating, revising, and extending emoji documents such as
UTS #51: Unicode Emoji
and Unicode Emoji Charts.
- Taking input from various sources and reviewing requests for new
- Creating proposals for the Unicode Technical Committee regarding
additional emoji characters and new emoji-related mechanisms.
- Investigating longer-term mechanisms for supporting emoji as
The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the
Committee operating under the
Committee Procedures. The current chair is Jennifer Daniel (Google) with
vice-chairs Ned Holbrook (Apple), Jennifer 8. Lee (Emojination), and Ken Lunde. See also Org Chart.
Participation in the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee weekly video/phone
and mailing list is open to
members of the
Unicode Consortium as per §13.1 of the Technical Committee Procedures, plus invited guests.
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