A last missing link for interoperable representation

David Starner via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Fri Jan 11 16:28:40 CST 2019

Emoji were being encoded as characters, as codepoints in private use
areas. That inherently called for a Unicode response. Bidirectional
support is a headache; the amount of confusion and outright exploits
from them is way higher then we like.The HTML support probably doesn't
help that. However, properly mixing Hebrew and English (e.g.) is
pretty clearly a plain text problem.

There are terabytes of Latin text out there, most of it encoded in
formats that already support italics. Whereas emoji, encoded as
characters in a then limited number of systems, could be subsumed into
Unicode easily, much of that text will never be edited and those
formats will never exclude the existing means of marking italics out
of bounds, offering multiple ways to do italics in perpetuity.

Kie ekzistas vivo, ekzistas espero.

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