Google proposes spec for colour image glyphs in OpenType fonts

If the one thing you think’s been missing from the web is fonts that enable you to easily embed colourful smiling faces and pixelated hamburgers, Google’s latest typography announcement is for you.

On the Google Open Source blog, Behdad Esfahbod and Stuart Gill of Google's font and text team state that people love using Emoji to communicate and, rather than texting ‘How about going for a burger and beer at 7pm’, it’s “much more fun” to send a picture of a burger, a beer, a clock set to 7 o’clock and a colourful question mark.

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