VS: Unicode encoding policy

Erkki I Kolehmainen eik at iki.fi
Tue Dec 23 16:02:06 CST 2014

Mr. Overington,


The question of support for localizable sentences has been raised by you on several occasions. For a number of valid reasons, It has never received any noticeable support, let alone the kind of support that you are asking for now.




Erkki I. Kolehmainen

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Lähettäjä: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at unicode.org] Puolesta William_J_G Overington
Lähetetty: 23. joulukuuta 2014 19:58
Vastaanottaja: unicode at unicode.org
Aihe: Unicode encoding policy


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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