Not sure where the right place to ask this question is as there is no specific topic for the Moodle Chat pugin/block.
I want to use it in a course I'm teaching in and whilst running some tests I notice it does not do emoticons. I looked into the this discussion topic here at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=55162 and the solution seemed quite technical and I wasn't sure it was a solid solution.
Has Moodle got this feature yet or plan to have it soon. It just seems like the chat module is 'half baked' otherwise.