Re: Flag tags

From: Philippe Verdy <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 02:34:09 +0200

e.g. the empty namespace could be reserved for country codes.
Namespace separation could use the hyphen (like in language codes).

So the generic US flag would be coded as simply as -US (with the leading hyphen)

If rendering the defautl glyphs, you'll see that hyphen. The
laternative being to use a space separator, so that the standard code
would just be rendered showing only the country code with the default

Other namespaces extensions will use a non empty prefix per category.

2012/6/1 Philippe Verdy <>:
> That's why I just propose an external registry rather then a direct
> encoding of individual flags.
> A naming convention (using namespace prefixes) could be used to make
> sure that the common codes from ISO 3166-1 will be usable.
> I'm not sure that the CLDR TC is currently competent to develop such a
> registry, but it may work along with the IAVA to develop the naming
> convention for use in the registry (which could be hosted by IAVA or
> by Unicode. To be decided later.
> The CLDR TC would be involved in the development of the registry
> rules, for its stability.
> 2012/6/1 Doug Ewell <>:
>> This would be a great resource for developing a flags code, as Philippe
>> suggested earlier, an idea I actually think has quite a bit of merit.
>> However, I'm not sure it has much relevance to character encoding. It's not
>> that hard to imagine encoding 220 or so current national flags or
>> placeholders, but you wouldn't want to expand this to, say, tens of
>> thousands.
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