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Emoji to Possibly Get Skin Tone Modifier Next Year

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MacRumors reports that the Unicode Consortium has published a technical report designed to change how multi-ethnic groups are represented in emoji, which are of course those cute little icons that people like to use when they are sending texts or messages on their iPhones and iPads.

MacRumors says that previous guidelines stipulated that emoji people should be “as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender.” For this reason, current emojis show a “generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette.”

This is all set to change, however, with the upcoming Unicode 8.0 update, which is proposing to introduce a skin-tone modifier that could be used with certain emoji, so that you can give the emotion that you want to express (such as love, or laughter) the skin tone of your choosing. Emoji couples (which have in the past been updated to include gay couples) could also have different skin tones, according to the plans.

While the proposals are only at the draft stage at present, if approved, they will be implemented in the middle of 2015.

Sources:MacRumors
New York Daily News
 
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