Saturday 16 December 2017

Fundraising drive lets you 'adopt' an emoji

Unicode Consortium
Unicode Consortium

Emma Clark

The Unicode Consortium is raising money to assist its work in supporting human languages and is putting emoji up for adoption.

Unicode is giving emoji fans a chance to adopt their favourite character as part of a fundraising program.

The Adopt a Character campaign is the Unicode Consortium's effort to support the world's languages. Donations are to be used to "improve language support and to preserve linguistic heritage."

The Unicode Consortium will preserve linguistic heritage by ensuring that funding is available so that experts can meet and resolve issues of character encoding and fund the development of fonts, keyboards and input methods for under-resourced languages. It also aims to provide the necessary data that allows languages to be supported on computers and mobile devices, which donations can assist in.

There are three adoption levels, bronze ($100), silver ($1,000), and gold ($5,000). You'll really have to like a character to stump up $5,000. But doing so makes you the sole sponsor of a character for 12 months and you, or your business, can include a hyperlink attached to your listing on the Unicode website.

All sponsors will be acknowledged as Sponsors of Adopted Characters with their level of support, and will receive a certificate for their character.

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