I’ve become oddly obsessed with Emoji recently and in examining the Unicode standardisation of Emoji characters I noticed a surprising number of common characters missing.
When I say “missing” I mean missing from the canonical EmojiSources.txt file in the Unicode standard, but present in iOS.
When I say “common” I mean no more obscure than any of the others and in every day use by iPhone owners.
Splitting the omissions out and viewing them on Android, the glyphs are indeed missing from the system font.
Emoji characters have been around for a while, but for various reasons I recently took more of an interest in understanding them.
- I just bought my first Android device and noticed that the OS has its own set of icons that I’d previously assumed were limited to iOS – I’d been seeing the world though Apple-shaped eyes.
- I was alerted to a bug in my Latest Tweets plugin where tweets containing Emoji were breaking the WordPress cache. I won’t go into that. It makes me sad.
So I did some homework and had some geeky fun –