Petition to ban Google from designing emoji

Asmus Freytag via Unicode unicode at
Thu May 18 12:30:23 CDT 2017

On 5/18/2017 9:48 AM, Doug Ewell via Unicode wrote:
> Asmus Freytag wrote:
>>> Given that one co-chair of the Emoji Subcommittee is from Apple and
>>> the other is from Google, you may wish to rethink your expectations
>>> about all this.
>> I'd expect "zelpa" to feel validated by this info in their concern,
>> wouldn't you?
> Well, it's public information:
> The more important point is the one others have been making: Unicode
> does not and cannot attempt to dictate to any vendor how to design
> glyphs, either for normal characters like A and Ω and 丱 or for emoji.
> Unicode does insist that the glyph design not misrepresent the meaning
> of the character, which I believe was Michael Everson's objection to
> vendors implementing U+1F3B1 BILLIARDS as a lone 8-ball. It's not clear
> to me that the Google redesign discussed here goes that far; this seems
> more like objection on aesthetic grounds.

While this is all true, it seems to miss the point behind the whole 

Attempts to counter "tongue-in-cheek" complaints with literal facts 
aren't always effective. :)


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