I'm glad it is, someone took the old blob version and extended that. I love the blobs, which is why I suggested the one I did.Google's own color emoji font used for Android is open sourced under the Apache license, it is available in the fonts-noto-color-emoji package within the Debian repository.
Is that really a testament to their usefulness, however? Instead, that seems to me a prime example of why you shouldn't use them. Your Aunt's SMS was no different than if someone sent you a message in a language you don't speak.You don't realize how useful picture emojis are till you don't have access to them. My auntie sent an SMS to me that consisted of two picture emojis, and I had no idea what she was trying to say because all I could see were two squares.
Is that really a testament to their usefulness, however?
Your Aunt's SMS was no different than if someone sent you a message in a language you don't speak.
Even if they show up as squares, they still copy as their individual character codes, so you can easily search them online and find out what they represent just as easily as you could throw foreign text into a translator.Languages can be translated, good luck trying to translate squares into picture emojis, especially with a lack of context.
That's not weird, that's the case with all Unicode characters. Unicode does not define the glyphs and instead leaves the glyphs dependent on the font. Emojis are just Unicode characters and thus their glyphs are defined by your font. However, the font that you use does not change meaning. e.g. "A" means the same as "A" even though they have a different font. So if, for example, you put your font to Wingdings then that does not mean that messages from other people are garbage or weird pictures. If you would interpret them as so then that would just mean that you are unable to understand your own font. Same here e.g. If you interpret a gender-neutral emoji to have a specific gender due to how it looks in your system font then that just means that you made the mistake of misinterpreting your own font.Weird stuff about emoji:
- The images are not standard between devices, so for the "Dancing" code you can see a Manly blue figure in your device, but a Feminine red figure in the receiving device... so a message to a man like "You are quite a <dancing picture>" will be understood as "You are quite a girl".