Emoji characters for food allergens

Mark E. Shoulson mark at kli.org
Wed Jul 29 20:15:45 CDT 2015

Indeed; depending on special Emoji characters to convey unambiguously an 
crucial sentence beyond language barriers also treads very close to 
using those "localizable sentences" we mustn't talk about.


On 07/29/2015 10:27 AM, Andrew West wrote:
> 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.
> Andrew

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