[UA-discuss] SAC095 - SSAC Advisory on the Use of Emoji in Domain

Mark Svancarek marksv at microsoft.com
Wed May 31 16:56:52 UTC 2017

Yes, at the meeting the consensus was that UASG could postpone working on emoji issues, at least for now, to focus on EAI and IDN.

That said, Stuart and I will meet with some internal stakeholders and decide what Microsoft’s viewpoint should be on emoji. We will report back when we are ready.

From: ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org [mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Jothan Frakes
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Subject: Re: [UA-discuss] SAC095 - SSAC Advisory on the Use of Emoji in Domain

FWIW one opinion is worth, I disagree with the assertion that adding emoji will slow the move towards universal acceptance. Certainly within software products, we’re seeing emoji as one of the forces driving a more robust support of the full Unicode standard and rendering in ways that make emoji useful in content.

EVERY opinion is valuable.

I had proposed that we discuss leveraging the attention Emoji are getting in attracting that attention to addressing EAI or UA bugs in forms or software at the Redmond meeting, and there seemed a loose consensus that it was best to focus on the matters at hand.

My opinion is that with respect to Emoji domains, I view it as 'cute' and 'clever' to have these function in the location bar, but suspect that because there are so many sober and important issues like making domains work in the natural language of underserved cultures and languages, that discussion on Emoji could be heavily distracting us from addressing a massive debt of attention to catch up on with respect to the existing issues.

The existing and most current IDNA specification did not include Emoji support because the Unicode consortium suggested it.  Now we have a recommendation from the SSAC.

I would like to propose that we follow Emoji standards as they might evolve, but we focus on the non-Emoji work we have all been working on and not get distracted by Emoji for the time being.

There are a number of very practical benefits from functional EAI and IDN for a larger world of people, and websites that still reject valid domain names.

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