Unicode encoding policy

William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com
Tue Dec 23 11:57:33 CST 2014

Unicode encoding policy
There is a document.
Within the document, the following are interesting items.
E.1.7 Emoji Additions: popular requests [Edberg, Davis, L2/14-272]
Discussion. UTC took no action at this time.
Later, in the same document is the following.
E.1.7 Emoji Additions: popular requests [Edberg, Davis, L2/14-272R]
[141-C6] Consensus: Add the block U+1F900..U+1F9FF Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs for Unicode version 8.0.
The referenced document contains links to various requests and petitions for additional emoji characters.
In the referenced document, within section C, is the following.
5. Are the proposed characters in current use by the user community?
This appears to be a major change in encoding policy.
This, in my opinion, is a welcome, progressive change in policy that allows new characters for use in a pure electronic technology to be added into regular Unicode without a requirement to first establish widespread use by using an encoding within a Unicode Private Use Area.
I feel that it is now therefore possible to seek encoding of symbols, perhaps in abstract emoji format and semi-abstract emoji format, so as to implement a system for communication through the language barrier by whole localizable sentences, with that system designed by interested people without the need to produce any legacy data that is encoded using an encoding within a Unicode Private Use Area.
A first draft petition could be produced and then later drafts developed by consensus and, when drafting has produced a document for an initial core system then a petition could be submitted to the Unicode Technical Committee.
Once in use, the system could have additional symbols added to it, gradually, so as to expand its capabilities as needs are identified.
So I am writing to ask if people on this mailing list would be interested in discussing and perhaps encouraging and participating in the development of this system please?
William Overington
23 December 2014
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