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Unicode request for CSS property to control emoji style [I18N-ACTION-500]

From: Phillips, Addison <addison@lab126.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:01:57 +0000
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
CC: intlcore <public-i18n-core@w3.org>, Mark Davis ☕️ <mark@macchiato.com>
Message-ID: <76e20d6afb324ffc98f46d7dee530cc2@EX13D08UWB002.ant.amazon.com>
Dear CSS-WG,

The Unicode Consortium, via its liaison to us (Mark Davis, copied), would like I18N to request a new CSS property to control emoji presentation. You can see the request in [1]. The I18N WG considered this request in our teleconference of 24 March [2] and I've been actioned to follow up with your WG. We would like to encourage Mark and/or the Unicode emoji subcommittee to work actively with you on this request.

Their specific request can be found at [3]. To summarize briefly, emoji characters come in two flavors. Some characters most frequently are used as "normal" (non-emoji) textual characters, but sometimes are used as emoji also. These characters have a default display of 'text'. Some characters most frequently are used as emoji characters, but occasionally are used in a plain text context. These characters have a default display of 'emoji'. Additional details and illustration can be found in the proposed update to UTR#51 [4]

Unicode is requesting a property that would allow sequences of emoji characters to be styled in one of three ways:

default : style characters to use each character's default display
text : style characters to use their text display
emoji : style characters to use their emoji display

If this request should be redirected or converted e.g. to a github issue, please let me know. Please note that the I18N WG is not itself tracking this as an issue at this time.

Regards (for I18N),


[1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/member-i18n-core/2016Mar/0015.html 
[2] https://www.w3.org/2016/03/24-i18n-minutes.html 
[3] http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2015/15314-css-ctrl-emoji.pdf 
[4] http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr51/proposed.html#Presentation_Style 

Addison Phillips
Principal SDE, I18N Architect (Amazon)
Chair (W3C I18N WG)

Internationalization is not a feature.
It is an architecture.

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