Process of transforming existing glyphs to emojis via variants

Adib Behjat abehjat at
Fri Sep 23 15:54:17 CDT 2022

You’re correct that It wasn’t explicitly stated in the document shared. I used that document as an example from the list of emoji proposals, and the document held symbols within Webding/Wingding that are represented in both text and emoji that share the same code point (e.g. zodiac symbols). Though it seems I misunderstood the purpose of the document, and realized it’s mapping Webding/Wingding elements to existing Unicode code points, and in turn some of those elements have variants. 

I should’ve used the “Emoji Presentation Sequences” ( <>) to present my question.

Going back to the original question, I’m still curious why a new code point was created instead of using variants for an existing code point, and if there’s a process for adding variants to existing code points so they can be represented as emojis.

> On Sep 23, 2022, at 1:21 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> Adib Behjat wrote:
>>>> I have a question with regards to transformation of existing glyphs
>>>> into emojis. At the moment, there's no documentation present with
>>>> regards to this process, and the only available example is Michel
>>>> Suignard proposal for including Webdings and Wingdings into emoji
>>>> set:
>>> That proposal was about adding the Wingdings and Webdings characters
>>> into Unicode, as characters, and had nothing to do with giving them
>>> emoji properties.
>> Michael’s proposal was listed as part of Emoji Proposals based on the
>> following page:, found in this
>> link
>> I think the link I shared is the updated proposal (2011-02-15 vs.
>> 2011-09-23, respectively).
> I might be mistaken. Can you point me to the section of the proposal you linked, or any of Michel Suignard's proposals on Wingdings and Webdings, that talks about "transformation of existing [Unicode] glyphs into emojis"?
> --
> Doug Ewell, CC, ALB | Lakewood, CO, US |

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