Emojis in Text

Paul Dupuis paul at researchware.com
Fri Mar 18 12:29:31 EDT 2022

On 3/18/2022 12:18 PM, Dan Friedman via use-livecode wrote:
> I can't be the first to bring this up, so sorry if this has been asked already...
> Is there a current solution for Emojis in text?  On a mobile device, in a native field, a user enters a emoji (no method to stop them that I can find).  I save that text somewhere like a database.  When I load it back (into a LC field for display), it appears as a question mark.   What up?   Anyone have knowledge on this topic?   Is there a useEmojis property I don't know about?

It probably depends on 2 things:

1) If the app the Emojis are created in is creating them as Unicode 
Emojis or as images. If they are created as images, then they are 
probably not getting transferred to the database correctly. If they are 
Unicode, also make sure they are not being lost in the upload to the 
database - the database encoding needs to support some Unicode encoding 
like UFT8

2) If the database has the correct data, then when loading it into a 
LiveCode field you probably need to textDecode (see dictionary) the data 
from UTF8 to LiveCode's native (UTF16) text.

See https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html as well

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