Emoji characters for food allergens

Andrew West andrewcwest at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 09:27:13 CDT 2015

On 29 July 2015 at 14:42, William_J_G Overington
<wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com> wrote:
> For example, one such character could be used to be placed before a list of
> emoji characters for food allergens to indicate that that a list of dietary
> need follows.
> For example,
> My dietary need is no gluten no dairy no egg
> There could be a way to indicate the following.
> My diet can include soya

There already is, you can write "My diet can include soya".

If you are likely to swell up and die if you eat a peanut (for
example), you will not want to trust your life to an emoji picture of
a peanut which could be mistaken for something else or rendered as a
square box for the recipient.  There may be a case to be made for
encoding symbols for food allergens for labelling purposes, but there
is no case for encoding such symbols as a form of symbolic language
for communication of dietary requirements.


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