RE: Flag tags

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 12:03:40 -0700

Asmus Freytag <asmusf at ix dot netcom dot com> wrote:

> First, reprinting Shakespeare's works using flags would make it
> immediately and utterly illegible to most speakers of English. So they
> would fail the test of being recognizably the same letter.
> Second, one place where the flags are still used today is sailboat
> races. Replacing the flag by a placard showing the letter would also
> not be acceptable in that context.
> So, seeing that Unicode nowadays has the support of SMS-specific
> symbols as part of its scope, who would like to be able to communicate
> with flags?
> Another alphabet, even that with 1:1 correspondence to Latin, but,
> again, not recognizable as such are the "dancing men". They at least
> can be demonstrated to have appeared in print.

Are substitution ciphers candidates for encoding?

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­
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