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Re: Status of multicolor fonts?

From: Clément Pit--Claudel
Subject: Re: Status of multicolor fonts?
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:54:07 -0500
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On 12/16/2015 09:10 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> From: Clément Pit--Claudel <address@hidden> Date: Wed, 16
>> Dec 2015 08:40:24 -0500
>> Multicolor fonts seem to be becoming popular, especially for
>> representing Emoji. There seems to be four competing standards to
>> encode them (see http://blog.symbolset.com/multicolor-fonts for
>> info and links). Both Apple and Microsoft distribute at least one
>> such color Emoji font (Apple Color Emoji and Segoe UI Emoji).
>> Google also has one, Noto Emoji, which is free as in beer and
>> speech. Mozilla will release one soon, and so will the Emoji One
>> project.
>> IIUC, Emacs on OSX can display at least some of these fonts
>> properly. What is the status on other platforms? Is it dependent on
>> the graphical toolkit with which Emacs is compiled?
> What do you mean by "display these fonts properly"?  The characters 
> will be displayed on any platform, in their text representation, but 
> AFAIK Emacs doesn't take color information from the font; the color
> is determined by the color attributes of the face.  We also don't
> support emoji modifiers and emoji variation selectors.

I meant display them in full color. I believe the MacOS build of Emacs already 
does this, but feedback from a MacOS user would be welcome. Is seems that on 
that platform setting the font to Apple Color Emoji is enough to get emjis to 
render in full color (see for example this screenshot: 

Maybe David (cc'ed) can provide insight?

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