Encoding italic (was: A last missing link)

James Kass via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Thu Jan 24 09:42:37 CST 2019

Andrew West wrote,

 > Why should we not expect the conventional Unicode character encoding
 > mode to apply to emoji?

Remember when William Overington used to post about encoding colours, 
sometimes accompanied by novel suggestions about how they could be 
encoded or referenced in plain-text?

Here's a very polite reply from John Hudson from 2000,
...and, over time, many of the replies to William Overington's colorful 
suggestions were less than polite.  But it was clear that colors were 
out-of-scope for a computer plain-text encoding standard.

So I don't expect the conventional model to apply to emoji because it 
didn't; if it had, they'd not have been encoded.  Since they're in 
there, the conventional model does not apply.  Of course, the 
conventions have changed along with the concept of what's acceptable in 

Since emoji are an open-ended evolving phenomenon, there probably has to 
be a provision for expansion.  Any idea about them having been a finite 
set overlooked the probability of open-endedness and the impracticality 
of having only the original subset covered in plain-text while additions 
would be banished to higher level protocols.

Thank you for the information about current emoji additions being 
unrelated to vendors.  I have to confess that I haven't kept up-to-date 
on the emoji.

Maybe I should have said that emoji are fan-driven.

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