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Glyph in Twitter name
« on: January 06, 2021, 09:04:54 pm »
 ???

How do I add a small symbol (not an emoji) to my Twitter handle?

Copy and paste from an existing tweet doesn’t work  in “edit profile. Saving the image of the glyph produces a file with the extension .svg.

I am clearly missing something obvious.

ian

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2021, 09:22:10 pm »
Unicode, I assume, would work.

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Kim

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2021, 09:45:08 pm »
Alternatively, you could not bother, and make life that little bit easier for screenreader users and those reading in ASCII.
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fuaran

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2021, 09:51:05 pm »
What sort of symbol? Are you sure its not an emoji?
Try looking it up on Emojipedia. Can copy and paste from there. https://emojipedia.org/

Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2021, 09:54:47 pm »
Alternatively, you could not bother, and make life that little bit easier for screenreader users and those reading in ASCII.

Fair.

I am not normally given to using them but I would’ve added the NHS blue heart if I’d known how. I can use the hashtag if the urge persists. Right now, I’m more in a “fuck blue hearts, stay in your houses” mood.

Kim

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 09:57:09 pm »
the NHS blue heart

*googles*

Ah, I'm about 105% certain that isn't [Yet - Ed] a unicode character.  Which is why you can't add it.  Usernames have to be text.
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ian

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2021, 09:57:53 pm »
Alternatively, you could not bother, and make life that little bit easier for screenreader users and those reading in ASCII.

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ian

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2021, 09:59:01 pm »
the NHS blue heart

*googles*

Ah, I'm about 105% certain that isn't a unicode character.  Which is why you can't add it.  Usernames have to be text.

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2021, 10:02:59 pm »
Usernames have to be text.

Ah - ok. Thanks.

I see there is indeed a blue heart in MacOS emojis and symbols, but it’s not the same blue heart.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2021, 10:05:06 pm »
Usernames have to be text.

Ah - ok. Thanks.

I see there is indeed a blue heart in MacOS emojis and symbols, but it’s not the same blue heart.

Yeah, that's an emoji.  It's a text character.  💙

From some cursory googling, the unicode consortium (quite sensibly, IMHO) don't permit private symbols to be added to the character set.  Which is why we don't have a Coco-Cola emjoi, or an Apple logo[1], or that Prince thing.  The NHS logo would appear to fall foul of the same rule.


[1] Unicode define Private Use Areas where developers are allowed to do what they like with the code points without conflicting with officially assigned characters.  There's an Apple logo in there.  If you're on an Apple system.  Other OSes are free to use it for a CDC character or whatever.
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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2021, 10:06:52 pm »
I see there is indeed a blue heart in MacOS emojis and symbols, but it’s not the same blue heart.

Twitter substitutes emojis for its own glyphs, which is also why you can't copy them.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2021, 10:18:46 pm »
I see there is indeed a blue heart in MacOS emojis and symbols, but it’s not the same blue heart.

Twitter substitutes emojis for its own glyphs, which is also why you can't copy them.

Ugh, why?  Is that an xkcd://927 thing, or do they have a proper reason?
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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2021, 10:41:36 pm »
Ugh, why?  Is that an xkcd://927 thing, or do they have a proper reason?

Probably some sort of brand consistency across platforms type reason.

Also it means seeing the newest coolest raddest emojis isn't dependent on having an iPhone receiving system updates.

Tim Hall

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Re: Glyph in Twitter name
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2021, 02:57:36 pm »
I see there is indeed a blue heart in MacOS emojis and symbols, but it’s not the same blue heart.

Twitter substitutes emojis for its own glyphs, which is also why you can't copy them.

Ugh, why?  Is that an xkcd://927 thing, or do they have a proper reason?

I guessed that was the xkcd standards one. Looked, had it confirmed and cheered.

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