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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