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  • Helpful Information for New Users

    Published: Fri 14 Dec 2018 12:22PM EST Comments: 2

    If you're one of the many users moving to AO3 from other fandom spaces where English isn't widely used, we'd like to welcome youβ€”we're so excited to have you! AO3 has some features that may not work the way you're used to, so we'd like to take a moment to go through some of the basics.


  • The Archive now supports a whole lot more characters!

    Published: Thu 13 Dec 2018 07:52PM EST Comments: 33

    Thanks to a long-planned database upgrade, the AO3 now lets you use all the latest emoji, as well as extended character sets for several languages (such as some of the rarer characters used for Chinese and Japanese) in your works, comments, or profile. πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸŽ‡. In fact, all text fields now support the UTF8MB4 character set, except for a few we've limited to Latin characters and some punctuation marks, like pseuds or collection names.


  • November 2018 Newsletter, Volume 130

    Published: Wed 12 Dec 2018 12:01PM EST Comments: 19

    This month, Accessibility, Design & Technology and Systems collaborated on a week-long process to update AO3's database encoding. This was a big project with a big result: the AO3 now allows for an extended character set in all languages and, including ALL THE EMOJI! We're delighted to have implemented the update and are looking forward to seeing new emoji-filled fanworks.