Choosing an emoji that’s a reflection of your skin color is impossible with the current set of emojis. Luckily, things are about the change.
On Monday, the Unicode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update that addresses emoji diversity, Mashable reports. While emoji characters were always intended to be generic, the color choices were invariably light-toned or yellow, leaving vast swaths of the human population unrepresented.
“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” the proposal said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Starting in mid-2015, Unicode 8.0 plans to add a range of skin tones that “are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology.”
Isn’t it great to see the Unicode Consortium thinking about the population as a whole?