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Emoji (絵文字) is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages. They are emoticons, but they are a ratified or standardised set. They've been used in Japan for years and with the likes of iOS their use is on the increase.
The core emoji set as of Unicode 6.0 consists of 722 characters, of which 114 characters map to sequences of one or more characters in the pre-6.0 Unicode standard, and the remaining 608 characters map to sequences of one or more characters introduced in Unicode 6.0. There is no block specifically set aside for emoji – the new symbols were encoded in seven different blocks (some newly created), and there exists a Unicode data file called EmojiSources.txt that includes mappings to and from the Japanese vendors' legacy character sets.
I can't post any in here because Vanilla doesn't get along with the range of Unicode characters required to display them.
Github lets people use them through emoticon shortcodes, eg. :wink: but I'm not sure that's the best way.
So, that's my request. That we can be given the power.
GitHub issue: https://github.com/vanillaforums/Garden/issues/1405