The Unicode Consortium the organization in charge of all the symbols we use on computing platforms and how we use them is taking 2023 to adjust to a new annual cadence for updating its guidelines. Since the fall, the latest batch of Emoji 15.0 may have appeared on your Pixels and Galaxies. A smaller Unicode 15.1 update will be released in September 2024. As a result, the Emoji 15.1 standard receives our first glimpse of what it will bring.
Any new emoji that emerges from 15.1 will be assembled by sequentially arranging previously used emoji. Users may be able to generate these new options using the right combination of emoji. The magic of zero-width joiners if input software is not updated to include these new options.
A post written by Jennifer Daniel provided us with a game plan preview for Emoji 15.1 on the Unicode blog. This year, Daniel’s primary concerns are in two areas, the sequential representation of a variety of families in a single emoji. She intends to address them by proposing 578 new standard designs.
The goal is to accommodate as many parents, guardians, children, and even pets as possible as well as other variables like generations, skin tone, and other physical characteristics.
Most design maintainers typically face certain emojis, vehicles, people, or faces expressing motion, to the left. Unicode can adapt Emoji 15.1 to cultures that read both left-to-right and right-to-left by allowing users to code for directionality. Additionally, it gives storytellers more freedom to express themselves without having to return.
Limes, a nodding or shaking head, a broken chain, and a phoenix are among the other new emoji sequences to watch. In the coming days, the Unicode Technical Committee met for the first time to talk about various new ideas.