These were printed on a Windows machine, probably Windows 8.1. How do I know? Because of the emoji used. The ‘responsibility’ emoji looks like he’s got a case of warts, which is a tell-tale sign of a Microsoft emoji.
Also, you’ll notice in the middle of the abstract, a blank box at the end of one line. This is supposed to be ‘Thinking Face’, an emoji standardised in Unicode 7.0, and not available on a lot of platforms, even if they support emoji via Unicode 6.0.
In addition, the coloured signs in the hallways didn’t even include the emoji at all. My apologies to the organisers if they had a hard time at the printers!
I had to do a quick fix to the schedule (before and after) #djangocon pic.twitter.com/dE2UjWbqWZ— Katie McLaughlin (@glasnt) March 31, 2016
Twitter gets a lot of things right on the web in terms of emoji implementation:
Unfortunately, this implementation doesn’t extent to any official mobile clients.
As soon as input is standardised, then this will be a thing. Until then, we have to make do.
As mentioned in the talk, for Apple the shortcut is Command - Control - Space
For iPhones, there’s a emoji keyboard available via the main keyboard
For Android mobiles, you can use Swift Key or Swype for an emoji keyboard, if your stock version doesn’t support it.
For browsers, I’d hope there’s a browser extension widget or something, I believe Emoji One is working on something for Chrome, but I can’t comment as to what is good/working/usable.
Slack and HipChat boast “customisable emoji”, where you can add your own (a common example of this is
:partyparrot:. Any ability to add emoji means that it’s not emoji, it’s emoticons. If you use
:partyparrot: on a Slack and expect it to work on GitHub, or another Slack that doesn’t have your customisations, then you’re misunderstanding what’s universal and what’s custom.
If someone was to send you a sequence of emoji, chances are you wouldn’t have a clue what they meant.
A random sequence of emoji could be read into for scholars for years without realising any meaning: 🍔🐨🌠📚♨️✨✨✨
This could mean “I found the receipe for a good aussie burger”, or “Dropbears are out in force tonight, remember your training”.
Emoji are fun, but it’s a good thing to understand their limitations.