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The Unicode Consortium on Monday announced the latest Unicode Standard version 7.0 release includes 2,834 new characters and -- more importantly to avid texters -- more than 250 pictographs, otherwise known as emoji.



In a post to its official blog, the Unicode Consortium announced the new characters, which include new currency symbols, 23 historic scripts and the widely-used emoji character lineup, along with other assets. The Unicode Standard allows for cohesive implementation of text characters across various software, including platforms like iOS and Google's Android.

Describing the emoji additions, the consortium said most of the new characters are based on those that are long-standing and have seen widespread use in Wingdings and Webdings fonts. As seen above, a few examples were published including a hot chili pepper, Vulcan salute from Star Trek and a thermometer.

A more comprehensive list can be found at Emojipedia, which points to interesting new characters like "Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended," "Building Construction" and "Man in Business Suit Levitating."

Noticeably absent from the list are additions to "people emoji," which recently became a topic of discussion as the current set lacks ethnic diversity. The most widely represented race is caucasian, critics say, while "minorities" are grossly underrepresented.

In March, Apple said it was planning to introduce a more diverse selection of characters in a future iOS release, but failed to pin down an exact date or time range for the upcoming additions. As far as ethnicities are concerned, the latest iOS 8 beta release carries over the same emoji icons from iOS 7.

Apple most recently updated its people character lineup in iOS 6 when the company introduced same-sex couples and families to the mobile operating system's offerings.

It is unknown when the Unicode Standard update will be rolled in to iOS as it is up to platform makers when to include the new assets.
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Oh great. More emoji.

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Oh great. More emoji.
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Fixed that for you.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
Noticeably absent from the list are additions to "people emoji," which recently became a topic of discussion as the current set lacks ethnic diversity. The most widely represented race is caucasian, critics say, while minorities are grossly underrepresented.

 

This is really just satire of itself (thanks for including that in the title). 

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Fixed that for you.


LOL.  But really, doesn't the Unicode Consortium have about 58.7 million archaic Chinese logogram glyphs to add to the Unicode standard?  Or something important like that?

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"Minorities" to mean "non-Caucasian" is probably not the best word. Emojis are used worldwide (whites are the minority) and invented in Japan...
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As a non-primary-yellow non-spherical person, Emoji have really let me down.

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"Minorities" to mean "non-Caucasian" is probably not the best word. Emojis are used worldwide (whites are the minority) and invented in Japan...

Do you mind not calling us 'whites'?

We prefer to be called 'the Mongoloid/Negroid-challenged'.
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post
Do you mind not calling us 'whites'?

 

Actually, I demand to be called a person of color, as white is the combination of all colors. Conversely, black people aren't people of color, as black is the absence thereof.

 

See how foolish the argument becomes when logic and reason are applied? :lol: 

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The official charts just include abstract black and white representations, e.g.

Emoticons: http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1F600.pdf

Misc. Symbols: http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1F300.pdf

Everything: http://www.unicode.org/charts/

 

It's up to individual fonts to render letters with certain styling, or faces with certain colours.

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"Minorities" to mean "non-Caucasian" is probably not the best word. Emojis are used worldwide (whites are the minority) and invented in Japan...

I've noticed the site has a US-centric use of terms and idioms. The (proper) US-English spellings of words like "rumor" (not rumour) should have given it away. As are use of imperial units of measure such as inches and feet.

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Screw it and make them all monkeys. Everyone's a monkey and everyone is offended if they consider that to be offensive.
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Actually, I demand to be called a person of color, as white is the combination of all colors. Conversely, black people aren't people of color, as black is the absence thereof.

See how foolish the argument becomes when logic and reason are applied? lol.gif  

Depends on your color system: additive or subtractive. In CMYK, white is the absence of color. In RGB, white is the presence of all colors.
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Depends on your color system: additive or subtractive. In CMYK, white is the absence of color. In RGB, white is the presence of all colors.

 

I was going to say pretty much the same thing, only projective versus reflective.  Since skin isn't projecting light, you'd go with reflective in which case, white would be the absence of color, while black would be a combination of all colors.

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Originally Posted by jkichline View Post
Depends on your color system: additive or subtractive. In CMYK, white is the absence of color. In RGB, white is the presence of all colors.

 

And there's the true crux of the argument: coming up with racial slurs based on these acronyms! 

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Depends on your color system: additive or subtractive. In CMYK, white is the absence of color. In RGB, white is the presence of all colors.

 

Thanks for reminding us of the pervasiveness of color-prejudice! Not everyone uses RGB. Nor even CMYK.  And out in the natural world, every wavelength is a "primary" color, since each wavelength in the visible spectrum is produced by the sun. It is only our biological apparatus (eyes) that are optimized to perceiving red, green, and blue... and which gave rise to the RGB color system.

 

But let's not forget about our rods, they perceive light too... but only as a brightness, not as a color.

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Thanks for reminding us of the pervasiveness of color-prejudice! Not everyone uses RGB. Nor even CMYK.  And out in the natural world, every wavelength is a "primary" color, since each wavelength in the visible spectrum is produced by the sun. It is only our biological apparatus (eyes) that are optimized to perceiving red, green, and blue... and which gave rise to the RGB color system.

 

Where's a representative from PAWIHE* to call us all bigots? :p

 

*People for the Advancement of Wavelengths Invisible to the Human Eye

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Is that Bender? 

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...The most widely represented race is caucasian, critics say, while "minorities" are grossly underrepresented.

hmmm...

Still, I think that's better than being represented grossly...

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As people go, it's the presence of pigment and not the absence that defines a "person of color."  People aren't made using a "color system."

 

I really don't understand why the various race-baiting bigots believe that emoji represent "white people," unless they think "white people" are colored like The Simpsons.  Emoji are an Asian thing.  If they're supposed to represent any group, I'd suppose it would be Asians.

 

The discussion, and the current state of American society is disheartening as I was raised and educated to understand that racial differences are meaningless and that it's wrong to take race into consideration.  These days, it seems that's all it about.  Racism / victimhood is too much of an industry, too useful as a political tool for our political tools to let it go.

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I'm glad that the racists did not get their way and that there is no ethnic diversity included. As if there aren't more important things to concentrate on than to give in to the demands of racial bigots.

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Actually, I demand to be called a person of color, as white is the combination of all colors.

 

Shut up you black/white/red/brown/yellow/mauve/mahogany/champagne/hot-pink, etc... bastard!

 

;)

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The discussion, and the current state of American society is disheartening as I was raised and educated to understand that racial differences are meaningless and that it's wrong to take race into consideration.  These days, it seems that's all it about.  Racism / victimhood is too much of an industry, too useful as a political tool for our political tools to let it go.

The way people act you'd think being a racist was the worse thing in the world. But being racist is just hating someone because of their skin colour or features. While that may be dumb, there are many other equally dumb reasons that people hate others, such as their clothes, their annoying voice, their taste in music, jealously of them, etc. 

 

Hating people for dumb or petty reasons is not exactly admirable but it's not the worse thing in the world either. The really bad people in this world are the ones who inflict violence upon others, such as murderers, armed robbers, etc. The societal focus on racists is really out of proportion in my humble opinion.

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The way people act you'd think being a racist was the worse thing in the world. But being racist is just hating someone because of their skin colour or features. While that may be dumb, there are many other equally dumb reasons that people hate others, such as their clothes, their annoying voice, their taste in music, jealously of them, etc. 

Hating people for dumb or petty reasons is not exactly admirable but it's not the worse thing in the world either. The really bad people in this world are the ones who inflict violence upon others, such as murderers, armed robbers, etc. The societal focus on racists is really out of proportion in my humble opinion.

Firstly, racial hatred can and does lead to murder and violence etc.

And secondly, should society only concentrate on the worst of human behaviour before we tackle, for want of a better word, lesser crimes? Of course not.
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Mot so much for android because every time I send an emojie to a friend it every single emojie looks like 💩 or a little android face.
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I really don't understand why the various race-baiting bigots believe that emoji represent "white people," unless they think "white people" are colored like The Simpsons.  Emoji are an Asian thing.  If they're supposed to represent any group, I'd suppose it would be Asians.
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I'm surprised they added the middle finger emoji. That thing is going to get overused haha

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I really don't understand why the various race-baiting bigots believe that emoji represent "white people," unless they think "white people" are colored like The Simpsons. 

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I understand their point better, but those emoji do appear to represent Asians rather than "white people."  If someone has a problem with it, they can design a font with any colors of people they wish.

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That's a cute response.  Many characters in the show "The Simpsons" are not members of the Simpsons "family."   However, the members of the "family" are colored in the same unnatural way as many of the emoji.

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Is that Bender? 


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I thought those icons were originally called "emoticons" because their purpose was to convey emotion (happiness, anger, sorrow) or attitude (sarcasm, apathy, approval), not the race, hair style, sex, or sexual identity of the person. When did emoticons become emojicons?
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Do you mind not calling us 'whites'?

We prefer to be called 'the Mongoloid/Negroid-challenged'.

How about 'Melanin Challenged'? lol.gif
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Thanks for reminding us of the pervasiveness of color-prejudice! Not everyone uses RGB. Nor even CMYK.  And out in the natural world, every wavelength is a "primary" color, since each wavelength in the visible spectrum is produced by the sun. It is only our biological apparatus (eyes) that are optimized to perceiving red, green, and blue... and which gave rise to the RGB color system.

But let's not forget about our rods, they perceive light too... but only as a brightness, not as a color.

My rod only sees pink, then darkness. 1wink.gif
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Depends on your color system: additive or subtractive. In CMYK, white is the absence of color. In RGB, white is the presence of all colors.

...and in RWC (real world colors) white is the absence of culture. Unless you are American and think "redneck ignoramus" counts as a culture.
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That's a cute response.  Many characters in the show "The Simpsons" are not members of the Simpsons "family."   However, the members of the "family" are colored in the same unnatural way as many of the emoji.

And in terms of the Simpsons-verse, yellow represents white and asian skin tone.  Because, as that image shows, black characters in the Simpsons-verse are drawn with more realistically (relative to cartoons) skin tone.

 

So invoking the Simpsons as a justification for yellow as a neutral skin colour doesn't really work.

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Ethnic diversity? The smileys have been bright yellow (I mean like #FFFF00 bright) since Forrest Gump invented them. Who's bright yellow? I thought it was representing minifigs.

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As a non-primary-yellow non-spherical person, Emoji have really let me down.

Insult to injury: I am also a businessman who cannot levitate.

Class-action lawsuit!

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Where's a representative from PAWIHE* to call us all bigots? :p

 

*People for the Advancement of Wavelengths Invisible to the Human Eye

okay this went down the proverbial rat hole quickly.

 

Someone makes a funny commend and then science and logic stepped in.

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