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The past and future of hand emoji

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posted on 13.07.2021, 04:53 by Lauren GawneLauren 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.


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Wijeratne S Lee J8 Saggion H Sheth A

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4th​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media



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