Updating MSKLC (part 3) for the sake of emoticons and [implied] racism?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2015/06/11 19:12 +00:00, original URI: http://www.siao2.com/2015/06/11/8770668856267196484.aspx

Link to part 2 here.

Unicode has made a few questionable decisions over the years.

Although most of them can be ignored so we can all move on, one of them is so bad that we're practically speaking in the middle of a race war now!

And that somewhere is between emoji and emoticons.

So anytime I see a link talking about emoticon interoperability that finds a blog post on my Blog talking about the problem entitled emoticon interoperability can be a nightmare. Or hilarious. Whichever. I know I was wrong. It is ALWAYS a freaking nightmare.

Whenever anyone has seen a news story about multiracial emoticons or a reference to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore talking about the same thing and they wonder how MSKLC will be affected, I ask then plead then tell them to walk away as quickly as possible. Or maybe even run.

Because in the end we can dislike letters, we can despise scripts, we can disagree with implementations, and we can dissent from language choices.

But it was only by putting faces into the mix that people decided to make it about hate.

In my humble opinion, that is the kind of thing that makes us less accessible, less World-Ready, more a font of ignorance than anything else.

And in my not so humble opinion MSKLC should never stoop to that level. MSKLC is better than that.

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