Is there anyone from Facebook reading this Blog?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2013/09/10 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

I tend to find the different forms of Unicode and the consequences of using them to be fascinating

Like Twitter, which uses UTF-16 for it's tweets, which only punishes users whose names are off the BMP.

Or Facebook, which uses UTF-8, which arbitrarily punishes people depending on their arbitrary position in the code space.

And even texting, which punishes people are on whether they use ASCII text or not.

As I mentioned in this blog or in GSM standard someone called out in the comments.

One could use UTF-32 and punish everyone equally but it hardly seems worth the space.

Ah, the intricacies of the UTF forms....

Maybe I should add something new to the mix to make it even more complicated! 😏

Let's add the Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8, shall we?

It has a Me Tile that has special powers to make Facebook look foolish, after all.

From that Tile, you add emoticons like 😏😍😊😃😆😞😒😔, emoticons that Facebook doesn't currently allow.

The Tile that makes Facebook look wrong! I use it all the time now, because maybe the constant work will push Facebook into doing the right thing.

Nevermind, I'm not that patient. I'll use a blog, THIS blog, to see if I can shake some sense into them...

Now that I think about it, the problem seems to happen most often with the Facebook app provided by Microsoft. So maybe this is our bug, technically?

Doug Ewell on 10 Sep 2013 9:26 AM:

I'm running WP8 on the Lumia 920, and the Facebook app has several issues to be addressed besides emoji support.

You might clarify that "punishing people" by using UTF-8 or -16 refers only to message size, not whether characters are actually supported.

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