Re: Flag Symbols

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Sat Jan 10 2009 - 01:10:25 CST

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    On 23/12/2008, Kenneth Whistler <> wrote:

    > The whole "encoding of flags" problem could sink the
    > proposal otherwise, or require them to be left out
    > of the encoding altogether. This will only get worse
    > when the proposal gets to WG2, so I advise redefining
    > the issue as what it should be: symbols for common
    > language/locales, so as to avoid those problems now.

    > --Ken

    But there are probably locales that are more common than some of those
    included in this set. IMO, if any national flags are included, there
    is no way you are going to be able to limit them to ten currently
    "needed for interoperability" in the long term.

    Either you have to reject national flag symbols outright as logos; set
    aside enough code points for every national flag (as Mark mentioned);
    use something like a generic flag character + a variation selector; or
    come up with a way of representing them in traditional plain text as
    Skype seems to be doing

    - Chris

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