Icon Naming Specification proposal - add "<3" to emotes

Greg Grossmeier greg at grossmeier.net
Sun Mar 7 19:48:35 PST 2010


I am bringing this discussion to the xdg mailing list that I started with 
Rodney Dowes regarding adding the "<3" emoticon to the Icon Naming Scheme 
as a heart. Reproduced below is our conversation to get the conversation 
started here and (hopefully) completed.


Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:37:08 -0500
From: Greg Grossmeier <greg at grossmeier.net>
To: dobey.pwns at gmail.com
Subject: Icon Naming Specification proposal - add "<3" to emotes

Hello Rodney,

I am emailing you because I recently reported a bug against Empathy to
include an icon for "<3" (a heart). Guillaume, an Empathy developer,
responded saying that they use the Icon Naming Specification and maybe I
should propose to have "<3" added to that.

Please take this as my proposal for that addition to the "Emotion" icons.

The bug can be found here:

I see that the only icons identified within the emotion section are
faces; this would obviously be a change of course. But, I do believe/feel
that it would be a welcomed deviation/addition.

Why do I make this proposal? Honestly, because many popular IM clients
(from gtalk's gmail interface to pidgin) support this emoticon and thus
people use it with the belief that the receipient will see it rendered.
Yes, I also think that all IM/Chat clients should support the same icon
specification (and INS is a good candidate!), but this would be a useful
addition to INS regardless.

All the best,


Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:03:41 -0500

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