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Re: [css-fonts] new generic font 'emoji'

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:31:21 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDBwgF73GngwrURjKVL24x+97PV_41q+V0-dHhFx-FBadQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, public-webfonts-wg <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:57 AM, John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
>
> Currently CSS defines a set of five generic fonts [1]:
>
>   serif, sans-serif, monospace, cursive, fantasy
>
> I'd like to propose expanding this to include a generic font for
> emoji characters:
>
>   emoji
>
> The 'emoji' value would map to whatever emoji font is available on a
> given platform (e.g. Apple Color Emoji, Segoe UI Emoji, Noto Color
> Emoji).
>
> Part of the motivation here is that when Unicode defined a mapping
> of emoji characters into Unicode, it explicitly unified some of
> these with existing symbol codepoints. If an author relies on system
> font fallback to choose a font there's no guarantee an emoji font
> will be prioritized over a symbol font, since it's difficult for a
> user agent to distinguish between symbol vs. emoji usage. Specifying
> the 'emoji' value in a fontlist would prioritize the use of color
> glyphs for all codepoints covered by the emoji font.

This seems reasonable to me, given the overlap in symbols and emoji.

~TJ
Received on Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:32:13 UTC

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