It is long overdue, but hentaigana (変体仮名) are finally coming with Unicode 10. This is a full set of 285 characters. See here for fuller details.

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    Aw, shucks. Hentaigana is boring and practical. I was really hoping for more emoji.
    – oals
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 7:32
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    Of course, we then have to wait for the various operating systems to update their fonts to support those characters, which might take a while...
    – GoBusto
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 7:34
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    @GoBusto The comment on the linked post said that HanaMinPlus already contains hentaigana. So it might be usable pretty much straight away with this font. (Broad support will of course take a while.)
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 7:44
  • @Earthliŋ I don't know anything about HanaMinPlus, but until characters are officially recognized by Unicode, they do not have defined codepoints. There is a range for undefined characters (PUA), but general communication is limited to those with special setups. One person's usage of the PUA may not correspond to another person's usage. So the same code point could be used for multiple, different characters--not necessarily even the same script. Such PUA-mapped fonts will need to be updated to the final Unicode code allocations for general usage.
    – Dono
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 9:15
  • @oals TR #51 was just released. It adds 113 new emoji. More details: unicode.org/reports/tr51 and unicode.org/emoji/charts/emoji-released.html .
    – Dono
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 9:26


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