Turtle Graphics Emoji

Christoph Päper via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Sat Jul 29 16:29:40 CDT 2017

Shriramana Sharma via Unicode:
> for animal in animalKingdom: createEmojiProposal(animal)
> Emoji are a veritable Pandora box.

It makes sense to look at where (animal) emojis came from and then decide how this might need to be expanded to avoid cultural bias etc. 

A large bunch of the original animal emojis was meant for the Eastern (Chinese/Asian) and Western (European/Mediterranean) zodiac signs. There are several other astrological traditions that involve animals which have not yet been covered. My very superficial first research <https://github.com/Crissov/unicode-proposals/issues/388> (which largely ignores the three Southern-hemispheric continents of South America, Africa and Australia/Oceania) indicates that about a dozen animal emojis should be added for this reason alone:

- Crane
- Goose
- Hawk or Falcon (or generic Bird of Prey)
- Raven or Crow
- Seagull
- Swan
- Badger
- Beaver
- Otter
- Seal
- Seahorse

There are other culturally established sets of pictographic animals that might be used for systematic additions to Unicode, e.g. street signs. The existing Australian road signs <https://github.com/Crissov/unicode-proposals/issues/106>, for instance, would suggest 3 additional animal emojis:

- Kangaroo
- Ratite (Emu)
- Wombat

If we were to take a look at existing pictographic scripts, some of which have already been added to Unicode, we will see some other local favorites, e.g. in Egyptian hieroglyphs (U+130D2..131AC), also cf. L2/15-208 <http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2015/15208-hieroglyphs-as-emoji.pdf>:

- Jackal
- Donkey
- Hippopotamus
- Panther
- Oryx, Gazelle, Ibex
- Vulture, Buzzard, Falcon
- Ibis, Flamingo, Stork, Heron, Cormorant
- Ostrich 
- Swallow, Sparrow
- Goose, Pintail
- Catfish
- Dung Beetle
- ...

Alas, Mark Davis tells us in L2/17-206 <http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2017/17206-emoji-and-vendors.pdf> that all that matters is expected popularity and an interest (and no veto) by a handful of US-based companies (or their representatives). Please note that popularity, of course, does not equal (neither global nor local) usage frequency, and the methods to assess the predictions are really shaky.

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