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U+FE0F Variation Selector-16

U+FE0F was added to Unicode in version 3.2 (2002). It belongs to the block U+FE00 to U+FE0F Variation Selectors in the U+0000 to U+FFFF Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Nonspacing Mark and inherits its script property from the preceding character. The character is also known as emoji variation selector.

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Ambiguous East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Nonspacing Mark and is not mirrored. In text U+FE0F behaves as Combining Mark regarding line breaks. It has type Extend for sentence and Extend for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Extend.

This codepoint may change the appearance of the preceding character. If that is a symbol, dingbat or emoji, U+FE0F forces it to be rendered as a colorful image as compared to a monochrome text variant. The Unicode standard defines some standardized variants. See also “Unicode symbol as text or emoji” for a discussion of this codepoint.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

Variation Selectors is the block name of a Unicode code point block containing 16 variation selectors used to specify a glyph variant for a preceding character. They are currently used to specify standardized variation sequences for mathematical symbols, emoji symbols, 'Phags-pa letters, and CJK unified ideographs corresponding to CJK compatibility ideographs. At present only standardized variation sequences with VS1, VS2, VS3, VS15 and VS16 have been defined; VS15 and VS16 are reserved to request that a character should be displayed as text or as an emoji respectively.

These combining characters are named variation selector-1 (for U+FE00) through to variation selector-16 (U+FE0F), and are abbreviated VS1 – VS16. Each applies to the immediately preceding character.

As of Unicode 13.0:

  • CJK compatibility ideograph variation sequences contain VS1–VS3 (U+FE00–U+FE02)
  • CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A and B variation sequences contain VS1 (U+FE00) and VS2 (U+FE01)
  • Emoji variation sequences contain VS16 (U+FE0F) for emoji-style (with color) or VS15 (U+FE0E) for text style (monochrome)
  • Basic Latin, Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms, Manichaean, Myanmar, Myanmar Extended-A, Phags-pa, and mathematical variation sequences contain only VS1 (U+FE00)
  • VS4–VS14 (U+FE03–U+FE0D) are not used for any variation sequences

This list is continued in the Variation Selectors Supplement.


System Representation
UTF-8 EF B8 8F
UTF-16 FE 0F
UTF-32 00 00 FE 0F
URL-Quoted %EF%B8%8F
HTML hex reference ️
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ◌️
abbreviation VS16
alias emoji variation selector


Complete Record

Property Value
Age 3.2 (2002)
Unicode 1 Name
Block Variation Selectors
General Category Nonspacing Mark
Script Inherited
Bidirectional Category Nonspacing Mark
Combining Class Not Reordered
Decomposition Type None
Decomposition Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Simple Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Simple Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Simple Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Case Folding Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
ASCII Hex Digit
Bidi Control
Bidi Mirrored
Composition Exclusion
Case Ignorable
Changes When Casefolded
Changes When Casemapped
Changes When NFKC Casefolded
Changes When Lowercased
Changes When Titlecased
Changes When Uppercased
Full Composition Exclusion
Default Ignorable Code Point
Emoji Modifier Base
Emoji Component
Emoji Modifier
Emoji Presentation
Extended Pictographic
FC NFKC Closure Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Grapheme Cluster Break Extend
Grapheme Base
Grapheme Extend
Grapheme Link
Hex Digit
ID Continue
ID Start
IDS Binary Operator
IDS Trinary Operator and
ID_Compat_Math_Continue 0
ID_Compat_Math_Start 0
InCB None
Indic Mantra Category
Indic Positional Category NA
Indic Syllabic Category Other
Jamo Short Name
Join Control
Logical Order Exception
Noncharacter Code Point
NFC Quick Check Yes
NFD Quick Check Yes
NFKC Quick Check Yes
NFKD Quick Check Yes
Other Alphabetic
Other Default Ignorable Code Point
Other Grapheme Extend
Other ID Continue
Other ID Start
Other Lowercase
Other Math
Other Uppercase
Prepended Concatenation Mark
Pattern Syntax
Pattern White Space
Quotation Mark
Regional Indicator
Sentence Break Extend
Soft Dotted
Sentence Terminal
Terminal Punctuation
Unified Ideograph
Variation Selector
Word Break Extend
White Space
XID Continue
XID Start
Expands On NFC
Expands On NFD
Expands On NFKC
Expands On NFKD
Bidi Paired Bracket Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
East Asian Width Ambiguous
Hangul Syllable Type Not Applicable
ISO 10646 Comment
Joining Group No_Joining_Group
Joining Type Transparent
Line Break Combining Mark
Numeric Type None
Numeric Value not a number
Simple Case Folding Glyph for U+FE0F Variation Selector-16
Script Extension
Vertical Orientation R