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Re: Re: Flag images

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 03:21:23PM -0600, Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> I read through the links you provided.  There was a cogent argument
> against using flags to symbolize a language.  I would accept that.
> However, while I understand your argument about losing contributors,
> I'm not completely convinced that using a flag chosen by country X to
> represent country X is a bad idea.

Country codes are not assigned solely to countries.  What flag do we use
to represent .pr?  Or .je?  .an?  .cx?  .tw?

Puerto Rico, for example, is a commonwealth of the United States.  Its
head of state is the US president, but it is not represented in the US
Congress.  Both its own flag and the US flag fly over its capitol.
Which one do we use to indicate it?

Taiwan is a particularly sensitive area.  Do you indicate Taiwan with
the ROC flag or PRC flag?  How many people do you want to offend?  And
who makes this decision?

If you're only using flags to denote countries, you also have the
problem of recognition.  /usr/share/misc/countries.gz has 244 lines, and
therefore 244 territories.  244 flags is a lot to recognize immediately.

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
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