Unicode Emoji 5.0 characters now final

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Thu Mar 30 09:58:09 CDT 2017

Asmus Freytag wrote:

> Recommending to vendors to support a minimal set is one thing.
> Recommending to users to only use sequences from that set / or vendors
> to not extend coverage beyond the minimum is something else. Both use
> the word "recommendation" but the flavor is rather different (which
> becomes more obvious when you re-phrase as I suggested).
> That seems to be the source of the disconnect.

That seems a fair analysis.

Another way of putting this is that marking a particular subset of valid
sequences as "recommended" is one thing, while listing sequences in a
table with a column "Standard sequence?", with some sequences marked
"Yes" and others marked "No," is something else.

Equivalently, characterizing a group of valid sequences as "Valid, but
not recommended" is something else.

If the goal is to tell users that three of the sequences are especially
likely to be supported, or to tell vendors that they should prioritize
support for these three, then "recommended" and "additional," used as a
pair, would be more appropriate.

If the goal is to tell users "we don't want you to use the other 5100
sequences" and to tell vendors "we don't want you to offer support for
them," then the existing wording is fine.
Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org

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