global password strategies

William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at
Sat Apr 9 14:47:52 CDT 2022

Mark E. Shoulson via Unicode wrote:
  > That's not a format, it's a user interface ("the user is 

Fine, it can be described as a user interface. Better still, as a 
script-independent and  language-independent user interface.

> Unicode doesn't standardize user interfaces.

I don't know, as I am no expert on categorizing all of the 
standardization content that Unicode Inc. has published, nor am I am 
aware of any policies that may exist that would prevent Unicode Inc. 
choosing sixty-four emoji to populate an 8 by 8 grid of emoji and 
Unicode Inc. publishing it is some form.

> Restricting the permissible alphabet to emoji is just about as 
> bad/annoying (for many users) as restricting it to ASCII or Cyrillic 
> or whatever, except that it's more evenly hard on everyone.

Quite possibly it would be, yet that is not what I am suggesting.

I am suggesting an additional facility that could be a very useful 
facility to have available for use in some circumstances. There is 
absolutely nothing in my suggestion that would restrict other user 
interface systems for passwords from being used. Indeed, on a tablet 
computer end users could be presented with a choice of how to enter a 
password, with two or more choices presented each in its own tile, with 
the tiles presented side by side so that the end user can choose which 
one to use to set up and use a password.

Certainly any individual or organization could choose to select 
sixty-four emoji to populate an 8 by 8 grid of emoji and publish it, 
make it open source in a document, or even produce it as a pop art style 
poster. The poster might end up as an exhibit at MoMA in New York as an 
example of emoji being applied for a practical purpose.

However, for the particular layout to become used in practice by lots of 
independent app producers, the particular layout needs to have the 
provenance of being published by a widely-respected standardization 

So I am hoping that Unicode Inc. will take up this idea and publish a 
particular layout of emoji and some notes about how to use it, doing 
that either within one of the existing projects or as a stand-alone 
project as Unicode Inc. decides.

William Overington

Saturday 9 April 2022

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