QID Emoij (was: Re: Wireless Connection Symbol)

David Starner prosfilaes at gmail.com
Fri May 29 02:40:40 CDT 2020

On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 12:19 AM James Kass via Unicode
<unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> An underlying question is whether it's better for profit driven
> corporate interests to determine the emoji repertoire, or to let the set
> evolve naturally based on user community desires.
> The QID Emoji proposal enables the latter, which is one of the reasons
> I'm in favor of it.

I don't see it. Profit driven corporate interests may or may not
support QID Emoji; if they don't, it's practically dead in the water.
If they do, Google is going to make a list of corporately supported
emoji, just like what started this, and that's going to be the list of
supported QID emoji. Outside that corporate line, there's going to be
about zero chance anyone tries to use QID emoji, because at most one
in a million QID emoji are going to be supported, so even if you do
want to use an emoji from the Palmer's Chipmunk, what's the right QID
for that? It seems to have three, one for each scientific name, plus
maybe using the genus, Tamias, will be better supported, or Marmotini,
or Sciuridae, but if you're getting that vague, why not use the
existing emoji? So six alternatives for QID emoji, and none of them
will probably work, so why should the user community bother? I guess
instead of bothering Unicode, they could bother Google to add it to
their list and provide fonts, but there's that "profit driven
corporate interests" again.

> Naysayers will point out obstacles in any such approach.  In the English
> language, anyone who considers any and all obstacles insurmountable is
> referred to as a quitter.

People who use the term quitter in such a sense often get a ride from
a police car or ambulance later that night. It's a bizarre word to use
when you've decided Unicode should be a quitter and stop even trying
to manage emoji.

The standard is written in English . If you have trouble understanding
a particular section, read it again and again and again . . . Sit up
straight. Eat your vegetables. Do not mumble. -- _Pascal_, ISO 7185

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