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408 QID Emoji Closing Date: 2020.04.20
Status: Open
Originator: UTC
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Description of Issue:

The QID Emoji Tag Sequences (or QID emoji, for short) have been proposed to provide a well-defined mechanism for implementations to support additional valid emoji that are not representable by Unicode characters or emoji zwj sequences. This mechanism allows for the interchange of emoji whose meaning is discoverable, and which should be correctly parsed by all conformant implementations (although only displayed by implementations that support it). The meaning of each of these valid emoji is established by reference to a Wikidata QID.

There are definite pros and cons to this mechanism. For example: On the one side, it opens the definition of emoji up to organizations outside of the Unicode Consortium. On the other side, it has some of the disadvantages of "private-use" characters, and might not end up being utilized, or end up with fragmented support.

The consortium would appreciate feedback on (a) whether or not this mechanism should be added to UTS #51, and (b) whether any changes need to be made in the specification.

For details, see the background document: http://www.unicode.org/review/pri408/pri408-tr51-QID.html.

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