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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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Headmaster

I demand moustaches and beards!

How can I properly express myself without handlebars on my emojis??

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Re: I demand moustaches and beards!

Go old school

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Re: I demand moustaches and beards!

U+1F9D4 ?

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Seems kinda hard to implement…

I like how the reference picture shown for "smiling face with three hearts" shows four hearts.

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Re: the reference picture shown for "smiling face with three hearts"

Fortunately, in the linked pdf, the reference picture does only have three hearts.

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I guess more emojis are needed because people can't write anymore? Pretty soon they're will probably be a Twitter for just emojis and no text.

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Anonymous Coward

Remember that Idiocracy movie scene in the hospital, that emoji keyboard at the information counter?

We're getting there, eventually.

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>I guess more emojis are needed because people can't write anymore? Pretty soon they're will probably be a Twitter for just emojis and no text.<

It worked for the Egyptians for a good long while!

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Who needs 280 characters...

...when you've got hieroglyphics?

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And perhaps even a movie! That'd be GREAT!

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It is getting kind of ridiculous

Pretty soon we'll see albinos demand an emoji, then people with limbs missing, there are an infinite number of emojis if you try to represent everyone.

They should have just made all the human emojis green with purple hair, so no one could feel discriminated against.

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Re: It is getting kind of ridiculous

I dont know, out of the '60' genders that apparently exist in current year, at least one of them will be offended by it.

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Re: It is getting kind of ridiculous

"Pretty soon we'll see albinos demand an emoji"

As a Reg reader with albinism, I'd quite like that!

Will have to make to with 'White Hair + Light Skin Tone' for the moment I guess!

Of course, composing messages with emojis is still a pain for those of us with low vision (result of the albinism), as Swifkey's emoji panel doesn't respond to triple-tap zoom on my Samsung Galaxy and I have to get a physical magnifier out to see what each of the little pictures actually is!

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isn't it better not to have a red headed emoji?

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It's better not to have emojis...

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Anonymous Coward

Back in the good old mobile phone days

In the era of T9 predictive text input and sms messages, people were sending one another ascii art text messages, especially during birthdays and festive days.

Emojis are the technological evolution, and condensation, of that.

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Re: Back in the good old mobile phone days

Wouldn't it be easier just to send Miis instead of reserving a unicode character for every combination of face, facial expression, facial features, and colour?

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At Dan 55...

I wish I could give you about a trillion more up votes.

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an utter lie to anyone whom can't see the picture in the first place. Eyesight going bad with age? Going or already blind? Kiss that fancy pictoglyph goodbye.

I know it's mean, I know it's petty, but I wish all those emoji using wankers went blind for a week & were forced to use nothing but emoji the entire time. Let's see (HA!) how well they get along unable to write anything & a screen reader has nothing to read to them. I bet they change their tune after the ordeal.

I know the kids like them, I'm sure they're fun & funny for those that can see them to enjoy such things, but *#)@!*#$%)^($!1!1!EleventyOneoneone I fucking HATE those things!

I'll get my coat, I obviously need my dried frog pills in the pockets...

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Re: At Dan 55...

… and aspies. Don't forget the aspies. I can't tell a difference between all those vaguely smiling emojis that are 12x12 pixels. Oh, is that one cocking its left eyebrow, not the right one? Is that supposed to make a difference? Frankly, needs tooltips. Or else, where do I petition for a font that actually renders stuff as ":smile:", ":wink:", ":eggplant", ":poo:"?

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Picture worth a thousand words

A common lie told with a straight face, _or_ composed by someone who confuses "value" with "price".

This was brought home to me by an author commenting on the impending release of his latest book. The file containing the image for cover art was _many_ times larger than the (SGML-ized for typesetting) text of the entire book. So I guess the publishing industry does indeed assume that people judge a book by its cover.

(well aware that this will attract down votes, but I suspect I am not the only one who would prefer to skim the text transcription of an hour-long video rather than stare at the screen for an hour with no guarantee of payoff)

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At BrotherElf...

I would love it if it actually read emoji/icons/pictures/etc as ":ants mobbing a picnic:" or ":a girl in a bikini about to strike a volley ball over the net:" style descriptive bits. My screen reader would have descriptive text to read to me & let me know what all the fuss is about. As it is there's nothing to read, the 'reader goes silent for a bit, & makes me wonder if it just shat itself over a bunch of control codes or something. I get to character step back over the silent part, hear it go silent over "a single character" (the emoji), & that's the only clue I get that my 'reader still works. It's not its fault that there's a *graphic* there it can't read, there's no text associated with it for it to read at all.

Fuck emoji. Fuck 'em with a spinning angry porcupine.

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At Mike 16...

I agree with the desire for a movie transcription. I hate having someone link to a Youtube clip & instruct "go to position $Time" to start watching a particular portion of it. There's no easy way for a screen reader to get the movie to navigate forward/back in the movie stream, meaning we just have to sit there counting silently to ourselves to try & figure out the right point. If we could get a transcription of the darned thing, especially with proper time codes, then we could just do a simple Control+F (Find) to jump to that bit of text & have our 'readers continue from there. No fuss, no muss, no sitting through 1H45M55S of a 2H movie just to hear some twit say "This is the part that goes BING!"... Uh huh, that was certainly worth the ~2Hours of my life I won't get back. *Grrrrrrr*

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Re: At BrotherElf...

Fuck emoji. Fuck 'em with a spinning angry porcupine.

That's probably going to be in the next release.

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Emoji and screen readers?

@Shadow Systems: I had sort of wondered that myself. Emoji are “named” symbols/characters, in the same way that letters have names. I’m therefore wondering why screen readers don’t say out loud the descriptive names when they encounter an emoji (although I can tell that it could get quite long winded for some of them)?

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Re: At BrotherElf...

@brotherElfConsider that truly excellent expletive borrowed.

I love it!

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Any new poo emojis getting pushed out?

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Trollface

Okay, you deserve a *You* for that!

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"Any new poo emojis getting pushed out?"

Could be a bit of a strain, that one.

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9 upvotes currently. I bet you feel flushed with success.

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Anonymous Coward

Definitely a joke that will run and run

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Anonymous Coward

New poo emojis

Maybe new poo animojis, let's see what Apple dishes out later this year.

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A bit of strain

Once you get the hardened bit out of the way, the rest will be smooth flowing!

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Anonymous Coward

Just check the logs.

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Anonymous Coward

There's a new one for constipation but it's hard to get out.

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Do what your teachers taught you and work it out with a pencil

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I thought that since emojis in general are a steaming pile that they were all poo.

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"Do what your teachers taught you and work it out with a pencil"

I tried something like that, ended up in hospital.

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Wait a second

A mayan numeral zero is an aussie rules football? Well i suppose you definitely cant get any work done when the footies on, so i guess it makes sense.

(Insert rugby ball in place of aussie rules football if thats more your cup of tea, you'd be wrong of course, but you can still do it... )

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What, no quips about gingers?

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"What, no quips about gingers?"

Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger

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Fanta Pants

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Ginger emoji? Why now? Perhaps one of the gingers snapped.

I'll grab my coat and hat on the way out..........

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Anonymous Coward

Love that song - Prejudice!

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I find it quite disconcerting that it took just as long to integrate ancient Mayan numerals (which are pretty much one of the first examples of a written numeric system) as it did to put in a picture of Broccoli.

I mean... seriously. Emojis, etc. - sure. But do the important things that are much closer to the purpose of Unicode first.

No researcher out there is quietly crying out for a symbol of broccoli in their fonts in order to record, categorise and translate their ancient documentation.

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Paris Hilton

So when do these things come to El Reg comment section?

Completely unrelated, Mozilla Firefox "New Tab" tab asks me whether I might be a "web maker" and would I be interest in the basics.

What is a "web maker"? Isn't that a spider?

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Re: So when do these things come to El Reg comment section?

Rather than bring them here, El Reg should lobby for emoji versions of the comment icons for use outside this forum.

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Anonymous Coward

“Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Three Hearts”

I assume taht a variant with two hearts is not available as that would infringe the BBC's Dr Who copyright!

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On the other hand...

There are about half a dozen people absolutely ecstatic that

"Intonation marks for Lithuanian dialectology"

have finally been implemented, and they no longer have to take a biro to printouts and re-scan the results from a photo taken on a wooden table.

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More???

I can never find the right one now. I know I've seen it somewhere but after looking through the 8 pages of them my phone offers me I can't remember why I need it.

I think I'll have a browse through the animated GIFS. There's bound to be one that expresses my exact thought.

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Re: More???

Well, animated GIFs do have a long tradition of expressing a precise meme-ing.

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Headmaster

I demand the El Reg icons being added to the next iteration. How can one possibly reply to comments properly without a pedant alert.

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