Re: About cultural/languages communities flags

From: Joan Montané <>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:11:01 +0100

Hi all,

I am the one who made the request to tweemoji Github.

2015-02-09 20:16 GMT+01:00 Markus Scherer <>:

> On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Andrea Giammarchi <
>> wrote:
>> > if a cultural/language TLD is typed with Unicode RIS, then show the
>> flag for these culture/language:
> This does not work. The "Unicode RIS" are defined to be used in pairs,
> with semantics according to corresponding ISO 3166 alpha2 codes. In your
> examples, each successive pair will encode a flag.
AFAIK, this is done in font side. Emoji flags are just ligatures, so a font
can provide a ligature for 4 RIS characters. This is not an issue here.

I agree some strange behaviour can appear if a 3 RIS string, take CAT, is
shown in a system with only 2 RIS support (a Canadian will appear followed
by a T).

If you want to represent every flag of every locality, you first have to
> figure out how to catalog and label them. You are mentioning provinces, one
> level down from nation states; I guess there are thousands of them. In much
> of Europe, every little village <>
> has its own flag and coat of arms. Where do you want the text encoding and
> fonts to stop?
I don't request flag support for every flag in the world. I requested flags
for culture/language communities *with* an approved TLD (Top Level Domain).

I know flags are an issue, and I know flags represents territories, not
languages, but I think some support should be done for these active
communities. As I pointed, some country flag collections expand with a fews
non-independent country. See [1], [2] and [3] (search for Scottish or
Welsh flag). You can check this [4] petition requesting Catalan flag on

So, there is a demand and they are used in real world. What's the way for
encoding them in Unicode standard?


Joan Montané


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