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Use Unicode property escapes to detect emoji in JavaScript

From how to detect emoji using JavaScript on Stack Overflow:

The answers might work but are terrible because they rely on unicode ranges that are unreadable and somewhat “magic” because it’s not always clear where do they come from and why they work, not to mention they’re not resilient to new emojis being added to the spec.

Major browsers now support unicode property escape which allows for matching emojis based on their belonging in the Emoji unicode category: \p{Emoji} matches an emoji, \P{Emoji} matches a non-emoji.

which includes some example code:

  /\p{Emoji}/u.test('flowers'), // false :)
  /\p{Emoji}/u.test('flowers 🌼🌺🌸'), // true :)
  /\p{Emoji}/u.test('flowers 123'), // true :(
  /\p{Extended_Pictographic}/u.test('flowers'), // false :)
  /\p{Extended_Pictographic}/u.test('flowers 🌼🌺🌸'), // true :)
  /\p{Extended_Pictographic}/u.test('flowers 123'), // false :)

But this doesn’t just apply to emoji – the MDN documentation explains you can also use this for different chunks of the Unicode spectrum, e.g. \P{Script_Extensions=Latin} or \p{Letter}.

I used this to detect emoji as part of enhanced spam detection in Wellcome Collection’s catalogue search.