Thursday, April 21, 2016

The yellow ribbon πŸŽ— is "Remember 0416" in Unicode

Somebody snagged the πŸŽ—character in honor of Sewol-ho.
A remembrance ribbon which commemorates the deadly ferry sinking that took more than 300 lives two years ago was designated as a computing text standard, the Unicode Consortium said Wednesday.
The yellow ribbon, previously called the "reminder ribbon" under the code "1F397," changed its title to "Remember 0416" after an anonymous sponsor made a donation to the Unicode Consortium.
[Yonhap News | 'Sewol' ribbon listed as standard unicode]
You can see it right there at the Unicode consortium site:

Image: Yonhap
According to the site, this character was a "bronze" level item, meaning anybody willing to donate $100 could grab it. Not that I'm Scrooge McDuck or anything, but that makes the snag feel somehow less impressive. There's also this tidbit from the site:
There is no limit to the number of sponsors for a specific character at this level. Bronze sponsors are listed on the Unicode Consortium website with their characters, but do not have the option to include a hyperlink.
[Unicode Adopt-a-Character Submission Form]
You can see that some (like the unicorn πŸ¦„) already have two sponsors listed. I'm now on the edge of my seat wondering if some Japanese netizen is going to pick up on this and send in their $100 check to sponsor the ribbon on behalf of the "DOKDO IS TAKESHIMA" foundation.

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