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&x2665; on a black background will render nothing. (black heart on black background)

Wouldn't it be 'nicer' to be replaced with &x2661; (white heart) ?

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    That's the background of the IDE... Not really black either.. I see #1E2714.. Browsers backgrounds are usually white :P
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 21:43
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    Besides, it's not completely black; definitely a greenish cast to it.
    – jscs
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 21:44
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    @JoshCaswell: a-ha! hidden for the eye, but not from machine... black-hat SEO :P
    – CSᵠ
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 21:47
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    Is there ever going to be an add that nobody will complain about?
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 22:28
  • @Bart: why complain about complaining? if there's something that could be fixed/removed/improved people should be able to express themselves.
    – CSᵠ
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 22:32
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    This is Meta. That place to complain about complaining. If you want to complain about that, Meta Meta would be the place. Other than that you can complain all you want. I just found it amusing.
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 22:35
  • @Bart: funny as hell, let's go to Meta Meta and continue this complaining business :)
    – CSᵠ
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 22:45

1 Answer 1


Your premise is incorrect. ♥ U+2665 BLACK HEART SUIT is not actually black. Unicode character names use the word “BLACK” to refer to the “foreground” or “ink” color of the text, not the color black.

(Whether or not that was the intent of the Unicode specification authors, it is certainly how every font renderer I have ever met does things, though I admit with the recent exception of these newfangled “emoji” characters, which should get off my lawn.)

When there are “BLACK” and “WHITE” versions of a character, the “BLACK” refers to a solid version whereas the “WHITE” one is ♡ outlined. If you copy the text of this answer and apply a white-on-black style, the “BLACK” heart will be white and the “WHITE” one will be a white outline.

  • very nice answer Kevin!
    – CSᵠ
    Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 2:44

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