Emoji Update

LivAbility Magazine

Edition 16 | Spring 2019

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New Emoji Update

More representation for PWD reaching devices soon

The final emoji list for 2019 has been approved by the Unicode Consortium and includes a total of 230 new emoji. The Unicode Consortium is a nonprofit that has devoted itself “to developing, maintaining and promoting software internationalization standards and data, particularly the Unicode Standard, which specifies the representation of text in all modern software products and standards.”

1. A person with a cane, a person sitting in a power wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and a person signing the word “deaf” are new additions.

  1. Emoji are ideograms and smiley faces used in electronic messages and webpages.
  2. The word “emoji” comes from Japanese e (絵, "picture") + moji (文字, "character").
  3. In March of 2018, Apple proposed the addition of the disability-related emoji to represent people with disabilities better.

5. All of the emoji will be hitting your devices in the second half of the year!

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