Joomla! 3.5 has been released with a new feature: Full Unicode (utf8mb4) support.
The difference between utf8 and utf8mb4 is that the former can only store 3-byte characters, while the latter can store 4-byte characters. In Unicode terms, utf8 can only store characters in the Basic Multilingual Plane, while utf8mb4 can store any Unicode character. This greatly expands the language usability of Joomla!, especially in countries that use Han character sets. Unicode isn’t without its problems, but it’s the best option available.
We can talk many hours about the amazing features being included in Joomla! 3.5... Forget it! It is all about Emojis.
Emojis are the main feature that we love on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and every possible social network. Now, with the upcoming release Joomla 3.5, the full range of expressions are available for social publishing from Joomla! sites.
We have just released AutoTweet and Joocial 8.5.1 beta as the first release to fully embrace Full Unicode and Emojis 😎.
When you install the new version, you can verify in System Check the availability of the new feature:
In this version, you can simply copy and paste any Unicode character. In the upcoming AutoTweet and Joocial 8.6, we plan to add an Emoji picker.
In this link, you can find a full list of Emojis: Full Emoji Data
Please, take into account that Unicode characters can be represented in different ways, according to the implemented iconset or font.
Your site will only upgrade when the following conditions are met:
utf8mb4 is 100% backward compatible with utf8.
No, Utf8mb4 is only available with MySQL server version 5.5.3 or higher.
In this case, System Check shows these statuses:
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