J for Smile – Microsoft Outlook Incompatible Smileys

Did you notice J in your mails where it should be a smiley?

Screenshot:

It shows ‘J’ here where it should be a smiley as shown in above screenshot.

Today evening I wrote a JavaScript code to replace this ‘J’ with the happy smiley from Yahoo Emoticons (My Favorite Smiley Theme). This script is available to everybody to use and very easy to install in your browser (~ Firefox 3.6 with Greasemonkey addon and ~ Google Chrome).

So, why it’s showing J instead of a smiley? Microsoft Outlook replaces ๐Ÿ™‚ with it’s J character of Wingdings font. It’s a proprietary font by Microsoft – as you expected Linux, Mac OS X and any other Operating System doesn’t have this font by default. If you don’t have this font, then you’ll see J.

If you are using Google Chrome, right click on the J letter and click on Inspect Element. This is how it looks in html code. As you can see this tag uses Wingdings font-family.

[html]
<span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Wingdings;color:#1F497D">J</span>
[/html]

J for Smile userscript that I wrote will replace this J with the corresponding Yahoo Emoticons.

Other Smileys
J for ๐Ÿ™‚ – Happy
K for ๐Ÿ™ – Sad
L for ๐Ÿ˜ – Straight Face

How to Install?
Go to this link – http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/83513 and click on Install. Should work in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Let me know your comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted on Aug 12, 2010
Written byAbhinay Omkar
  • You can have a look at the code and fork it! – http://github.com/abhiomkar/JForSmile

    Thanks!
    Abhinay

  • What about for thunderbird?

  • Blah

    nice work!

  • Torzsmokus

    changing for โ˜บ would be more user-friendly, IMO

  • Really great work and well done..

  • Anonymous

    Cannot openย http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/83513ย ๐Ÿ™ย 

  • Wow! wonderful, thanks for sharing this post.
    I really appreciate.

  • Great information,really its very interesting blog,thanks for sharing.

  • Nice informative article.This helped me to get the best simelys.Thanks for sharing.