On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 01:42:34PM +1300, Greg Ewing wrote:
Steven D'Aprano wrote:
That's because some sequence of characters is being wrongly interpreted as an emoticon by the client software.
The only thing wrong here is that the client software is trying to interpret the emoticons.
Emoticons are for *humans* to interpret, not software. Subtlety and cleverness is part of their charm. If you blatantly replace them with explicit images, you crush that.
I agree with you. But so long as people want, or at least phone and software developers think people want, graphical smiley faces and dancing paperclips and piles of poo, then emoticons are a distictly more troublesome way of dealing with them.