I demand moustaches and beards!
How can I properly express myself without handlebars on my emojis??
Brace yourself, world: the Unicode Consortium unleashes version 11.0 of its Emoji and general standard on Tuesday June 5th, and will right the terrible wrong that is the absence of red-headed emoji. Emoji 11.0 of Unicode’s eponymous standard will also add curly hair, white hair and bald heads. Those additions, and red hair, …
Pretty soon we'll see albinos demand an emoji, then people with limbs missing, there are an infinite number of emojis if you try to represent everyone.
They should have just made all the human emojis green with purple hair, so no one could feel discriminated against.
"Pretty soon we'll see albinos demand an emoji"
As a Reg reader with albinism, I'd quite like that!
Will have to make to with 'White Hair + Light Skin Tone' for the moment I guess!
Of course, composing messages with emojis is still a pain for those of us with low vision (result of the albinism), as Swifkey's emoji panel doesn't respond to triple-tap zoom on my Samsung Galaxy and I have to get a physical magnifier out to see what each of the little pictures actually is!
I wish I could give you about a trillion more up votes.
"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an utter lie to anyone whom can't see the picture in the first place. Eyesight going bad with age? Going or already blind? Kiss that fancy pictoglyph goodbye.
I know it's mean, I know it's petty, but I wish all those emoji using wankers went blind for a week & were forced to use nothing but emoji the entire time. Let's see (HA!) how well they get along unable to write anything & a screen reader has nothing to read to them. I bet they change their tune after the ordeal.
I know the kids like them, I'm sure they're fun & funny for those that can see them to enjoy such things, but *#)@!*#$%)^($!1!1!EleventyOneoneone I fucking HATE those things!
I'll get my coat, I obviously need my dried frog pills in the pockets...
… and aspies. Don't forget the aspies. I can't tell a difference between all those vaguely smiling emojis that are 12x12 pixels. Oh, is that one cocking its left eyebrow, not the right one? Is that supposed to make a difference? Frankly, needs tooltips. Or else, where do I petition for a font that actually renders stuff as ":smile:", ":wink:", ":eggplant", ":poo:"?
I would love it if it actually read emoji/icons/pictures/etc as ":ants mobbing a picnic:" or ":a girl in a bikini about to strike a volley ball over the net:" style descriptive bits. My screen reader would have descriptive text to read to me & let me know what all the fuss is about. As it is there's nothing to read, the 'reader goes silent for a bit, & makes me wonder if it just shat itself over a bunch of control codes or something. I get to character step back over the silent part, hear it go silent over "a single character" (the emoji), & that's the only clue I get that my 'reader still works. It's not its fault that there's a *graphic* there it can't read, there's no text associated with it for it to read at all.
Fuck emoji. Fuck 'em with a spinning angry porcupine.
A common lie told with a straight face, _or_ composed by someone who confuses "value" with "price".
This was brought home to me by an author commenting on the impending release of his latest book. The file containing the image for cover art was _many_ times larger than the (SGML-ized for typesetting) text of the entire book. So I guess the publishing industry does indeed assume that people judge a book by its cover.
(well aware that this will attract down votes, but I suspect I am not the only one who would prefer to skim the text transcription of an hour-long video rather than stare at the screen for an hour with no guarantee of payoff)
I agree with the desire for a movie transcription. I hate having someone link to a Youtube clip & instruct "go to position $Time" to start watching a particular portion of it. There's no easy way for a screen reader to get the movie to navigate forward/back in the movie stream, meaning we just have to sit there counting silently to ourselves to try & figure out the right point. If we could get a transcription of the darned thing, especially with proper time codes, then we could just do a simple Control+F (Find) to jump to that bit of text & have our 'readers continue from there. No fuss, no muss, no sitting through 1H45M55S of a 2H movie just to hear some twit say "This is the part that goes BING!"... Uh huh, that was certainly worth the ~2Hours of my life I won't get back. *Grrrrrrr*
@Shadow Systems: I had sort of wondered that myself. Emoji are “named” symbols/characters, in the same way that letters have names. I’m therefore wondering why screen readers don’t say out loud the descriptive names when they encounter an emoji (although I can tell that it could get quite long winded for some of them)?
A mayan numeral zero is an aussie rules football? Well i suppose you definitely cant get any work done when the footies on, so i guess it makes sense.
(Insert rugby ball in place of aussie rules football if thats more your cup of tea, you'd be wrong of course, but you can still do it... )
I find it quite disconcerting that it took just as long to integrate ancient Mayan numerals (which are pretty much one of the first examples of a written numeric system) as it did to put in a picture of Broccoli.
I mean... seriously. Emojis, etc. - sure. But do the important things that are much closer to the purpose of Unicode first.
No researcher out there is quietly crying out for a symbol of broccoli in their fonts in order to record, categorise and translate their ancient documentation.
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In the beginning man drew figures on a cave wall. They gave a rough meaning to what was being described but no fine detail. Rush forward a few thousand years and an alphabet was invented. It enabled the user to construct words that mimicked speech. It became possible to state exactly what was meant. Progress. But even this lacked the ability to convey mood easily. It was possible but the writer needed to set the mood by choosing the words carefully. Writers were born. Fast forward to now. Some brain dead idiots decided to cut out the writing part so back we go to pictures. For the ignorant it was progress because there was no need to learn grammar or spelling, just stab away and you are golden. Rather than teaching the idiots the value of learning something valuable the world caves and sets mankind back to the dark ages. Welcome to the new millennium.