Workshop Proceedings of the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: Emoji 2021: International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media

DOI: 10.36190/2021.01

Published: 2021-06-01
The past and future of hand emoji
Lauren Gawne, Jennifer Daniel

Human handshapes have been encoded as emoji since the earliest implementations. The flexible and accessible semantic domain of human gestures has continued to provide a source of new emoji. We provide an overview of the history of hand gestures in the Unicode emoji set. We then discuss the utility and challenges of encoding hand emoji, as well as the current direction being taken by Unicode.