We all recognize emoji. They’ve become the global pop stars of digital communication.  But what are they, technically speaking? And what might we learn by taking a closer look at these images, characters, pictographs.

The word emoji literally means “picture letter” when translated into English. Emoji emoticons were invented by Shigetaka Kurita in either 1998 or 1999, apparently no one is sure of the exact date. Emoji are standardized across all devices and some have been converted into Unicode and can be used in places and on devices that don’t normally support emoji.

Please note: Depending on your browser, you may not be able to see all emoji featured in this article (especially the Tifinagh characters). Also, different platforms vary in how they display emoji as well. That’s why the article always provides textual alternatives. Don’t let it discourage you from reading though!


What we’ll find is that they are born from, and depend on, the same technical foundation, character sets and document encoding that underlie the rest of our work as web-based designers, developers and content creators. So, we’ll delve into these topics using emoji as motivation to explore this fundamental aspect of the web.

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The recent release of Unicode 9 and the enormous popularity of emoji make now as good a time as any to take a moment to appreciate just how important this topic is, to look at it afresh and to fill in any gaps in our knowledge, large or small.

By the end of this article, you will know everything you need to know about emoji, regardless of the platform or application you’re using, including the distributed web. What’s more, you’ll know where to find the authoritative details to answer any emoji-related question you may have now or in the future.

It’s a question that came up in the process of reviewing and editing this article. The good news is that I have an answer! The bad news (depending on how bothered you are by triviality) is that the answer is that there is no definitive answer. I believe the most accurate answer that can be given is to say that, currently, there is no established correct form for the plural of emoji.

Read the continuation here.: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/11/character-sets-encoding-emoji/ This is one of the best resources out there.