[standards-jig] Genicons JEP

Dave dave at dave.tj
Wed Apr 24 20:41:13 UTC 2002


Okay, I guess somebody's gotta start working on a JEP to represent
emoticons/genicons using real XML ... any volunteers?

Dave Cohen <dave at dave.tj>


Adam Theo wrote:
> 
> Hello, all.
> 
> As many of you know, there has been a heated discussion about emoticons 
> on the JDev list. I began a JEP to present how I think it should be 
> done, as part of my new Jabber Client Guidelines project 
> [http://www.theoretic.com/index.cgi?Jabber_Client_Guidelines]. It began 
> as a textstring-based method using a double-colon convention (::foo::) 
> to avoid any conflicts with namespaces yet still have the text 
> meaningful to non-emoticon clients.
> 
> I recently came to the conclusion that the beer mugs, moons, and hearts 
> that have been discussed on the list have little to do with "emoticons". 
> Emoticons are emotion-oriented ASCII art that are often interpreted as 
> small graphics, whereas the icons being discussed were often of the new 
> MSN variety, being non-emotive and instead having to do with generic 
> items or objects. Because I do not want to use the term "emoticon" 
> misleadingly, I have coined a new term for these non-emotive graphics: 
> genicons, for generic icons, instead of emotive icons. They are siblings 
> to emoticons.
> 
> The name change doesn't solve the issue, though, so they still need to 
> be standardized. I have begun a JEP to standardize genicons for english 
> Jabber clients 
> [http://www.theoretic.com/index.cgi?JEP_To_Standardize_Genicons_In_Jabber]. 
> It is still very much in flux, since I am migrating my work on emoticons 
> over to genicons, but I would like everyone to know I am working on it, 
> and to display what little I have so far. If you wish to help, simply 
> edit any of the pages. I'll go through and re-arrange and tidy up as 
> needed, so go ahead and just jot your thoughts down. BTW, the website is 
> a Wiki, so anyone is free to come in and improve things. Follow the 
> instructions near the top of the page to work the Wiki.
> 
> Thanks, all.
> 
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