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Proposed Update UTR #51, Unicode Emoji (Version 4.0)

August 11, 2016 18:40
Proposed Update UTR #51, Unicode Emoji (Version 4.0)
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[doctor emoji]A proposed update of UTR #51, Unicode Emoji (Version 4.0) 
<> is available for 
public review and feedback. This new version covers a total of 2,243 
emoji, an increase from the 1,788 in Version 3.0.

There are several important changes in the proposed update. Three 
existing symbols have been newly classified as emoji: U+2640 FEMALE 
SIGN, U+2642 MALE SIGN, and U+2695 STAFF OF AESCULAPIUS. These are used 
in sequences to represent additional professions and to make gender 
distinctions among emoji. Many new emoji zwj sequences are cataloged, 
including professions and roles, gender distinctions, and new family 
groupings. Two new flag emoji have been added, one as an emoji zwj 
sequence and one as a regional indicator pair. Ten additional emoji 
characters are newly classified as emoji modifier bases. This results in 
50 new emoji modifier sequences, displaying skin tone diversity. For 
example, see the emoji data for U+1F93C WRESTLERS.

Associated charts are available at, and associated data 
files are available at

The review period for the proposed update ends on October 24, 2016. 
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