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bug#15420: 24.3; Symbols like 🚴 (U+1F6B4) are not displayed by default

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#15420: 24.3; Symbols like 🚴 (U+1F6B4) are not displayed by default
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:19:55 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:38:50 +0300 Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:

>> From: Mike FABIAN <address@hidden>
>> Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:25:09 +0200
>> Cc: Lars Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden>, address@hidden
>> For years I did build with my little extra  patch on top of git master,
>> But now I tried again with current master without that patch and it
>> worked. Symbola was used for the bicycles and "Noto Sans  Egyption
>> Hieroglyphs" for the  hieroglyph even without my patch. So something
>> seems to have been fixed.
> You will see in lisp/international/fontset.el that the #x1F680 --
> #x1F6FF block is now configured to use Symbola by default, which is
> why the BICYCLE and BICYCLIST are displayed without any changes.  As
> for the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, we don't do anything about them,

Is this for technical reasons (e.g. redisplay speed) or a policy
decision such as not enough free fonts?  I ask because e.g. Firefox
seems to automatically find an installed font; for example, on my system
Firefox displays the hieroglyphs on
presumably using the Aegyptus fonts installed in my system, while EWW
does not display the hieroglyphs (but does e.g. display the emoticons on
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoticons_(Unicode_block)>, some using
DejaVu, some using Symbola).

Steve Berman

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