Twemoji, Twitter’s open-source emoji library that supports the most recent Unicode emoji specification, will be updated in WordPress’s upcoming 5.8 release. A heart on fire, a mending heart, a face with spiral eyes, a face in the clouds, and a face exhaling are among the five new smileys and emotions included in version 13.1.0.
For all variations of the “Kiss” and “Couple with Heart” emojis, version 13.1 adds support for mixed skin tones. It also lets you add a bearded man or woman with any skin tone.
Changes to the syringe emoji
Significant changes to the syringe emoji that were made earlier this year in a previous version of Twemoji will also be included in WordPress 5.8. (13.0.2).
The new syringe emoji is filled with an unspecified liquid rather than a blood-filled barrel with drops of blood leaking from the tip. This makes it more adaptable to use cases that don’t necessitate blood removal.
The history of the syringe emoji, which dates back to 1999 and was primarily used in Japan for blood donation, is detailed on Emojipedia. The syringe will be updated in 2021 to allow it to be used in relation to vaccines. Which is a hotly debated topic around the world.
Other changes to Twemoji
Other changes from previous Twemoji versions that modify existing emoji were summarized by Jonathan Desrosiers. Who opened the trac ticket to initiate the update:
- Cricket: the colors have been changed to improve readability on small screens and to avoid confusion with other Emoji of the same hue.
- T-Rex: The T-color Rex’s posture and appearance have been changed.
- A line within the Portuguese flag’s circle has been corrected.
- Thai flag: The proportions of the stripes have been adjusted for this flag.
- The fox face’s symmetry has been improved.
- Transgender Flag: When rendered with antialiasing, the lines have been updated to eliminate small gaps between stripes.
- Adjusted to appear less exaggerated and more natural when laughing on the floor.
The official emoji lexicon is constantly tweaked and updated for accuracy and to better serve conversations. As current events increase demand for visual representations of specific objects and emotions.
Although many of these updates and new additions appear to have been prompted by the pandemic. Proposing changes to the Unicode Consortium is a lengthy and formal process.
Proposals must include compelling data on compatibility, expected usage level, distinctiveness. And other factors before being considered by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee.
For about a year, candidates who have been approved for inclusion do not appear on major platforms.
In WordPress 5.8, Twemoji will be upgraded from 13.0.1 to 13.1.0. Unicode 14.0, the next major update, will be released in late 2021.
The next version of Emojipedia has a draft list of what is planned. And those that are approved are expected to be available on major platforms by the end of 2022.
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