💬 The Wrap
Heading into the end of January, I'm a little bit over winter, but heading off to Italy shortly for some 🏂 snowboarding and 🍕 pizza to liven it up. But first: emoji news.
Last week was the quarterly Unicode Technical Committee meeting held at Google in Mountain View this time around. As a "Supporting Member" of the Unicode Consortium, Emojipedia gets 0.5 of a vote, but so far it's yet to have been used.
Most decisions at Unicode are made by consensus. If there is no consensus, a vote could take place, but that may be an indication there is more to discuss instead.
Unicode has now authorised March 5 as the release date for Unicode 12.0. This is when the final emoji list for 2019 will be published (Emoji 12.0 / currently still in draft), alongside of course, all the other Unicode characters being added this year. In practice, most people are only just getting updates on their devices for the 2018 emoji list, which is now supported on all major platforms.
While I have you here - I want to give a special mention up the top to the Emojipedia Emojiology series. This is a deeper look at individual emojis and their various influences, and if you've ever been stumped by this emoji - 😳 - then I have just the article for you.
That's it for this month! If you're new to the newsletter, I'm Jeremy Burge: the founder and Chief Emoji Officer at Emojipedia. This is a fairly informal email of things I find interesting each month, and I hope you agree.
You can follow me on Twitter at 👨🏻💻 @jeremyburge or this newsletter (and podcast of the same name) at 🌯 @EmojiWrap. For all the official news from Emojipedia itself (especially new emoji releases) the best option is 📙 @Emojipedia.
See you next month.
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