Burge notes that the changing emoji directions is at "a pretty early stage right now".
"Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference", Unicode says.
'However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms'.
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The version number for the next release of Unicode emoji is jumping from the previously-released Emoji 5.0 to Emoji 11.0 (instead of 6.0). "The following ZWJ mechanism can be used to pick an explicit direction". As such, the sample emoji in this article are subject to change by the time they're released. Images: Apple / Emojipedia composite.
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Above: These previous emoji candidates are not in the current Emoji 11.0 beta.
A draft of the new guidelines announced Monday night by the Unicode Consortium would allow vendors to give you the power to reverse the direction of your emoji. The final list will be confirmed in the first quarter of next year, with a decision in January and an announcement in March.