thanks to @yhancik I learned about the firefox font inspector and can report that on Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye), Gnome Version 3.38.5, Wayland, running Firefox 91.13.0esr these emojis are being displayed by the following fonts:
Roboto Regular: ꙮ ᵮ ⁂ ∞
DejaVu Sans: ❆ ⨕ ⛢
Noto Sans Bamum Regular: 𖡦
Emoji / Mastodon renders as image: 🕸️
@luka I wish there was a way to specify font size via unicode (this is a horrible idea) so 𖡦 would display a bit bigger by default. I think at small sizes ⁂ works better then anything else and I like that it can be deconstructed into *** which feels a bit edgy
@yhancik I guess one of the main criteria is font availability across platforms but damn that is sorta an annoying criteria to figure out...
@liaizon @Olm_e @luka if I'm not mistaken, the browser and/or system will use different fonts to render fancy characters. Here on Windows, according to the Fonts devtool in Firefox, some characters are rendered using Ebrima, Segoe UI and Segoe UI Symbol (and Arial in the default Mastodon frontend, but not in Pinafore)
@liaizon @Olm_e @luka for example ꖜ is rendered in Ebrima (which makes sense since it was designed for that https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/font-list/ebrima)
𖡦 is rendered (or, well, not rendered) in either Roboto (default frontend) or Segoe UI (Pinafore). Same thing with ∞ that does properly display. Most of the characters (highlighted in the screenshot) do use Segoe UI Symbol.
The 𖡦 character is from a Bamum (west Cameroon) unicode block, and according to this, it's only supported by a limited amount of fonts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Multilingual_support#Bamum. Is your Debian coming with any of these, @liaizon ?
$ apt search bamum
fonts-noto-core - "No Tofu" font families with large Unicode coverage
$ sudo apt install fonts-noto-core
now, the 𖡦 shows up correctly.
Also, fonts part of inspector in Firefox gave another clue that this is really Bamum part/section of the font
@yhancik on an unrelated note, how/why is [shitposter.club] in square brackets? Does it show like that in Pinafore if you have an instance blocked?
@liaizon oh no that screenshot was from the "default" frontend, well, default to octodon.social, which is running Glitchsoc.
But yes, that indeed shows a blocked instance.
@kerleone wow thats an amazing find! I am also on Debian rn and its displaying (tho very tiny), but it doesn't show up on iOS 14.1
Are you referring to this AddOn?
I hesitate to install it because most people seem to hate it.
the personal instance of Liaizon Wakest