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Nine more abstract emoji glyphs have been added to the Mariposa font.
The new version of the font has been added to the web, replacing the
These recently added abstract emoji glyphs are for yes, indefinite yes,
somewhat yes, needing more information, not knowing, refusing to answer,
somewhat no, indefinite no, no.
These nine are encoded in the Mariposa code space using %791 through to
%799 as the codes. So they are usable interoperably now.
> I have been designing some abstract emoji glyphs to express
> relationships, such as father, aunt, sister and so on. I have drafted
> designs for 28 abstract emoji for this collection, with glyph
> substitution sequences such as %811 %842 and %852 respectively.
I have added another 14 designs, all gender neutral, so that there are
designs for father, mother, parent; and for sister, brother, sibling and
so on, but these are not in the present version of the font as they have
not been drawn in the fontmaking program.
I have it in mind that the 14 for male are blue and orange, those for
female pink and orange; and those for gender neutral as light purple and
orange. In each case the orange part being the same for the male, female
and gender neutral glyphs of each set of three glyphs. In addition the
blue, pink and light purple parts are the same shape for each group of
14, yet the shapes are different from group to group so that monochrome
renderings will be clearly different. So the colours are helpful but are
not essential to conveying the meaning.
Hopefully these and other abstract emoji will become added into regular
Thursday 28 January 2021
------ Original Message ------
From: "William_J_G Overington via Unicode" <unicode at unicode.org>
To: unicode at unicode.org
Sent: Tuesday, 2021 Jan 26 At 20:24
Subject: Abstract emoji
I have now produced a web page that displays all sixteen of the abstract
emoji thus far included in the Mariposa font.
These sixteen are for personal pronouns.
The font is available from the web, but there is no need to download it
and install it separately in order to view this web page as the web page
picks it up automatically.
The glyphs are not encoded in a Private Use Area, but use glyph
substitution from sequences in the Mariposa code space.
The glyphs are designed such that there is a coherent structure to them
so that remembering each of their meanings is simplified.
Hopefully in due course abstract emoji will become acceptable for
encoding into regular Unicode.
There is a feedback note already in place for Unicode Technical
Committee meeting 167.
I have been designing some abstract emoji glyphs to express
relationships, such as father, aunt, sister and so on. I have drafted
designs for 28 abstract emoji for this collection, with glyph
substitution sequences such as %811 %842 and %852 respectively.
I am also designing some abstract emoji for things like 'yes' and 'no'
in green and red respectively.
Traditional pictographic emoji are fine and good when the concept can be
expressed using an image.
Abstract emoji add the ability to express things that cannot be
expressed with a non-abstract image.
All in a language-independent, script independent, form.
Hopefully this progress and discussions that may take place in this
mailing list will help consideration of accepting abstract emoji into
regular Unicode at meeting 167 of The Unicode Technical Committee.
Tuesday 26 January 2021
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