Wednesday, March 17, 2004

"Joke" Conversation Thread in which the :-) Was Invented

The original context in which the smiley first arose has been excavated! (via blog-fu)

The smiley was invented in 1982. Which means that everybody's favorite Unicode characters U+263A and U+263B ( and ) are actually older: like a lot of the 2600 range, they were obviously collected into Unicode from the MS-DOS "OEM" character set, which goes back to the origins of the IBM PC in 1980 or before.