Is there a way to fix smilies in received emails that looks like "J" in Gmail?

Other mail clients (such as Outlook) changes ":)" to smile character in Wingdings font that is letter "J". Although, in HTML style attribute font-family: Wingdings; is set, it still shows as "J" in Firefox.

The solution could be adding encoding support for Wingdings font, but I would be more interested in Gmail Apps Script (via Gmail Blog) solution, so it would work on other computers for my account.

  • Which version of Firefox?
    – Random Guy
    Oct 5, 2011 at 10:37
  • It also shows as J in the latest version of Chrome, and in Opera 11.51 Oct 5, 2011 at 15:56
  • Currently I'm using Firefox 7.0.1. However, as Wingdings is an obscure proprietary font, I don't think other versions have support for it.
    – Domas
    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:51
  • @Domas You can get rid of this problem if u were using Firefox 3, a little edit in a font property file would have solved this problem.
    – Random Guy
    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:10
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    Gmail running into iPhone Mail through Exchange renders the J, as well, I believe.
    – hairboat
    Nov 14, 2011 at 14:25

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A receiver-side solution to this problem would be to install the SWEC (Symbola-based Wingdings Emoticons Compatibility) font.

It provides basic compatibility with Wingdings emoticons. (In Wingdings, "J" represents a smile, "K" represents a lack of expression, and "L" represents a frown.) Background: certain versions of Microsoft e-mail clients still in use change user-typed expressions such as ":)", ":|", and ":(" into "J", "K", and "L", respectively, and then specify Wingdings as the font family; recipients on systems which do not include a Wingdings-compatible font are not able to see the intended emoticons, which can cause confusion.


Well, there's always installing Wingdings, but doesn't Gmail have its own set of emoticons? This would be rendered as a tiny image, rather than a font glyph, and therefore independent of any fonts you may not have installed.

  • Gmail has its own Emoticons, yes. However, as I've stated in my questions, the problem is when other mail clients sends messages (received in gmail) where smileys/emoticons are used from Wingdings font.
    – Domas
    Jan 17, 2012 at 16:43
  • Ah, my mistake. Sorry!
    – Tuesday
    Jan 17, 2012 at 21:24

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