In which Dan finds a project other than Trntxt.uk to blog about, and says ’emoji’ 11 times.
TL;DR: I made Imojify, a library that converts emoji in :colon: notation into their graphical equivalents. It’s on GitHub, NPM and Bower.
I had a working (but buggy) prototype by 1am.
The idea was a library that could convert colon notation emoji into their PNG image equivalent. For the uninitiated, colon notation is often used in chat services such as Gitter and Slack. It consists of a word or phrase wrapped inside a colon, such as :angry: or :stuck_out_tongue:. The big benefit of this sort of emoji is accessibility – if the picture isn’t rendered for whatever reason (e.g. for a blind person using a screen reader), it is still possible to understand what the author meant. Continue reading