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.
Please watch this presentation for an overview of Unicode emoji. There isn’t a voice-over, so click on the gear icon to open the speaker notes.
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 emoji characters.
- Creating proposals for the Unicode Technical Committee regarding additional emoji characters and new emoji-related mechanisms.
- Investigating longer-term mechanisms for supporting emoji as images (stickers).
The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Unicode Technical Committee operating under the Technical Committee Procedures. Current chair is Mark Davis (Google) with vice-chairs Jennifer 8. Lee (Emojination) and Ken Lunde (Adobe).
Participation in the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee weekly video/phone meetings and mailing list is open to invited experts. Contact us for more information.