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

On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:57 AM, John Daggett <> 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.


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