The following changes were made in the recent Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) meeting:
- Added a candidate emoji for deaf person
- Changed service animal vest to safety vest, and added a candidate emoji sequence using it: service dog
- Added candidate emoji sequences for couple holding hands, with 55 combinations of skin tone and gender
- Changed names and ordering for various characters
Eight Emoji Provisional Candidates for 2020 were also added (ninja, military helmet, mammoth, feather, dodo, magic wand, carpentry saw, screwdriver). For example:
Between now and March 2019, these and other Provisional Candidates will be collected. The Unicode emoji subcommittee will then assess the whole set, and make recommendations to the UTC for which emoji to advance to Draft Candidate status for 2020.
Over 130,000 characters are available for adoption, to help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.