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STATES CHRONICLE – The next year will be big for emoji communication, as Unicode promises some major changes. The surprise we might get is reverse emojis, which will be able to change direction. This is a big step, as different smiley faces and symbols can affect the meaning of your message depending on the direction they face.
Reverse emojis might become a thing next year
The news comes from Emojipedia, which found a suggested update to Unicode and its list of emojis. The text of the proposition states a new mechanism to be used when choosing emoji direction. This means that those emojis facing one side or another won’t have a standard look across all platforms.
Each manufacturer will be able to emoji direction to be reversible. This means we will soon start stumbling upon reverse emojis within our conversations. This is important, since one such minor change can lead to a completely different meaning.
In other words, from now on, you will be able to choose which direction your emoji should face. Let’s take a runner, for instance. The reverse emoji technology will give you an option when sending it, and you can either choose the left-to-right or the right-to-left direction.
There are many other changes proposed for the next Unicode update
One of the people who considered these changes is Jeremy Burge, who is both a Unicode Committee member and an Emojipedia editor. He looked at the feedback received from users, and discovered they were disappointed in the varying direction of the emojis across platforms. However, reverse emojis are currently only a suggestion, so it’s not clear if they get here next year.
Among the other proposals for the Unicode update, there is a series of new emojis that might be introduced on the list. To the disappointment of many people, the sad poo face won’t make it. However, those which are still in are a mango, a smiling face with a party hat on, a teddy bear, a badger, a pirate flag and, last but not least, redheads.
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