In the message compose window, there's a dropdown to insert graphical emoticons into your message. As a user, it seems to work ... a graphical emoticon is inserted into the WYSIWYG. If you check your Sent folder, it also seems to work, as Thunderbird renders such as ":-)" as a graphical emoticon ... but to your recipient, it just shows as plain text ":-)", even when included in an HTML e-mail. Thunderbird should insert the graphical emoticon into the HTML version of the e-mail.
I think this is a legitimate request, perhaps with a hidden pref, probably defaulting to including smileys as inline images, to ensure ux-wysiwyg. Another alternative might be bug 1213694, to use standard unicode characters for smileys. Perhaps triple pref, 0=text, 1=inline-images, 2=unicode-emojis.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
See Also: → bug 1213694
Summary: graphical emoticons not included in sent HTML e-mail → Emoticons/smileys/emoji should be included as inline images when sending HTML messages (ux-wysiwyg)
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