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Re: Flag images

On Wed, 2010-02-17 at 17:28 +0100, sean finney wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 08:53:56AM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> > On lun., 2010-02-15 at 12:03 -0800, Don Armstrong wrote:
> > > Flags are a poor representation of a particular language, and language
> > > selection is better handled using locales and content-negotiation
> > > anyway. [There are many examples where a country speaks many
> > > languages, and examples where multiple countries have the same
> > > language, but different dialects.]
> > 
> > But flags (as an image) /are/ a quick way to identify a locale. Sometime
> > they don't exactly overlap, thus the above problem, but they are still
> > useful. Maybe not in content-negotiation, but for example to switch
> > between locales easily, to switch keyboard mapping, to ask for some
> > content different from the current locales, etc.
> And fwiw major software vendors have managed to overcome this trepidation
> and include flag icons for such purposes.

I would love to get some comments from:
 - people leaving in a country with many official languages.
 - people leaving in a country which official language is the same
   to the one spoken in another language (or at least quite similar).

Think of Ireland and UK ; Canada and USA ; Canada and France ;
Spain and Argentina/Peru/Uruguay/Chile... 

People from Belgium are really nice people, but they certainly don't
want to spend their life licking on one of the Dutch/French/German flag.

Using flag for language can be perceived as arrogant for those country
who use the same language as another [larger] country.

> I for one would love to get little flag icons back for displaying my
> keyboard layouts, as it's visually much quicker/easier to identify than
> looking for a two/three character piece of text on my task bar.

Keyboards seems to be quite country-specific (not completely though).

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