Emoji characters for food allergens

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Wed Jul 29 11:39:51 CDT 2015

Andrew West <andrewcwest at gmail dot com> wrote:

> 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.

For what little it is worth, I agree with Andrew on this.

Earlier I mentioned U+2620 SKULL AND CROSSBONES and U+2623 BIOHAZARD
SIGN, two symbols which have been in Unicode since the dawn of time.
Both of these are Level 2 emoji, according to emoji-data.txt [1], and
are accorded no special treatment, placement, or display guidelines
beyond that. While communication about food allergens is undoubtedly
important, it's hard to imagine that communication about poisons and
biohazards is any less important.

[1] http://www.unicode.org/Public/emoji/1.0//emoji-data.txt

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