[access-uk] Re: emoticons

  • From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2008 21:03:31 +0000

Andy Collins wrote:
Thanks for this description, but it does rather sound like the emoticon of a smiley face is sideways on, with the eyes[2 dots of the colon] being one above the other rather than side by side! -

Actually, that's precisely how it is. Text emoticons are often rotated 90 degrees so that you'd need to tilt your head to see them correctly. The fundamental reason for that is that text emoticons typically occur in a long line of text. You can't build a column of characters because you don't know the width of the output display, so you have to just put one character after another in the stream of characters.

Graphical versions that replace emoticons with images tend to retilt emoticons so that they are right ways up.

The smiley is a classic example of this. The text smiley is rotated 90 degrees to the left, but the graphical smiley is right ways up.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
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