From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2007 - 01:31:06 CST
Dmitry Turin wrote:
> What is the "emoticons" ?
Most probably a forgotten translation from French. In English, it's more
frequent to see them named "smileys", however the emoticon designates the
icon that is displayed and replacing the ASCII-Art smiley.
So this is the for example the small smiling icon generally circular,
representing a simplified funny face, and filled in yellow, that replaces
the string ":-)".
Emoticons are often animated (represented as GIF images).
Other emiticons are assigned names rather than ASCII-Art encodings, for
example ":boum:" in a French service could be replaced by an emoticon
showing an exploding bomb. The same emoticon would be encoded in plain text
within an English service using the syntax ":bang:"
If you've not seen them, look at online chat services or many online forums
where they are quite frequent, and automatically inserted from the input
text after parsing (users can most often post on these services while
enabling or disabling the conversion of these recognized "smileys"-like
substrings into emoticons, by setting their user preferences or checking
some box in the input form)
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