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🧁 WordPress Adds Emoji 11 Support

Note: This post is regarding upcoming WordPress 4.9.8 and this is not applicable to production sites… yet.

In WordPress 4.9.8, among the improvements will be support for the latest Emoji 11 release. WordPress, technically, has already supported it—you’ve been able to add a 🦸 or 🦹 character even since general emoji support was added. One of the pieces of emoji support within WordPress was using the Twemoji library to polyfill emoji that your operating system didn’t support.

In other words, while you can add any Unicode character to your post, it is generally up to your operating system to support it, except for emoji, which WordPress provides a backwards-compatible way for them to display. Emoji 11 went live in early June and WordPress 4.9.7 adds support for the polyfill for these new emoji. Have an old computer? Apple hasn’t released a new version of OS X yet? You’re not on Android P, which is only in development anyhow? No problem, WordPress has your back.

So, no matter if you’re in the heat of summer 🥵 or the dead of winter 🥶, or if you’re 🥺 or 🥳, WordPress is here for you. There are a lot more than just a few smileys or the all-important cupcake 🧁. There are a ton of science-related emoji 🧬 and 🥎 to supplement the existing ⚾️.

If you’re reading this while, um, doing something else ( 🧻 ), Emojipedia has a great run down of the new emoji, specifically as presented by Twemoji.

I’m a little excited by the cupcake emoji, so I decided to use real cupcakes to help make it happen…. These baked goods would be from my wife, Vanessa’s own Qué Bueno Bakery, which is a bronze level Unicode sponsor for the cupcake emoji.

Okay, maybe I’m more than a little excited.

If you’re a 🦸 and testing out Gutenberg, the emoji won’t yet render when editing a post. There’s an issue for it—need to find a good way to ensure the emoji aren’t saved as images when they’re rendered via Twemoji.

What is your favorite new emoji coming soon to your WordPress site?

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Technology

Have A Cupcake From Qué Bueno!

Vanessa’s Qué Bueno Bakery is the latest Unicode Adopt-a-Character sponsor!

Unicode is the non-profit responsible for coordinating the Unicode Standard, which specifies how to encode text in virtually every modern electronic system. It is how every computer knows that when I type an “A” it should be an “A” everywhere. In addition to the standard alphabets that most English or Romantic language speakers are used to, the Standard sets Han characters (the unified character set for Korean, Japanese, and Chinese) and fun stuff like Emoji. More importantly, Unicode also standardizes a lot of far lesser-used text characters that helps promote continued scholarship and electronic usage for languages and character sets most of us have never heard from.

Just from Unicode 11, announced the first week of June, there were a number of areas with added support:

  • For the Mazahua language, a Mesoamerican language recognized by law in Mexico
  • For Mayan numerals used in printed materials in Central America
  • For Sanskrit manuscripts written in Bengali
  • For Gurmukhi manuscripts
  • For historic documents of the Buryats of the Barguzin Steppe

While people love emoji these days and they would likely get made either way, supporting Unicode enables support for these lesser-known scripts, which is pretty darn cool in my book.

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WordPress

Cutting Edge of Emoji

WordPress added support for two special emoji today—not included in Unicode 9: the rainbow/pride and pirate flags. 🏳️‍🌈🏴‍☠️

iOS users will see these in the next update (iOS 10, currently in beta) and has been updated in the scripts that Twitter uses. WordPress users will see it, besides on my site and those that run the trunk/development version, on or near August 16th when WordPress 4.6 rolls out to the world.

It doesn’t look like much, but here’s the commit that added pride and pirate flags to WordPress.

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Code Snippets WordPress

How To Use Emoji One On Your Site

Emoji One, an open-source emoji set, revealed their 2016 collection last month and it is beautiful!

WordPress natively uses Twiemoji, a “competing” set sponsored by Twitter when the browser can not display emoji, so how do you switch which is used?

The quick answer is to add this to a core functionality plugin or your theme’s functions.php:


add_filter( 'emoji_url', 'bk_replace_emoji' );

function bk_replace_emoji() {
return 'https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/emojione/2.0.0/assets/png/';
}

This utilizes a CloudFlare-sponsored CDN to serve the emoji images. Alternatively, you can download the PNG images from the Emoji One developers page, upload them to your own site, and use that URL instead.

In this case, we still rely on WordPress’ emoji-replacing JavaScript, so you’d still miss out on some Unicode 8 and diversity emoji on WordPress 4.4 (added in about-to-ship 4.4.1), but it is an easy, low-maintenance way to use a different icon set.

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WordPress

The Important Things 🌯🌮

Is there a way to have Gary’s commits push notify my phone? Or svn up my site either on my command or whenever Gary pushes things?

r33595-core is gold. Long live emoji. Long live 🌯. Long live 🌮.

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Funny Technology

Real Life Emoji Keyboard!

Source: Real Life Emoji Keyboard! – YouTube

Christmas is just around the corner.

I can accept packages at either:
PO Box 7140, Austin TX 78713 or
2200 Inner Campus Dr. #7140, Austin TX 78712

Thanks! 😘