Re: Emoji: National Flag Symbols

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Mon Dec 22 2008 - 17:03:33 CST

What we concluded is that we would propose that the characters be allocated in a
block that had enough positions for the non-private use country codes
(that is 676
combinations - AA, ZZ, QM..QZ, XA..XZ).

Part of proposing characters is a willingness to step up to producing
the fonts for
representative glyphs for these. While that is not part of the emoji
proposal (there
is quite enough on that plate already), this would provide a framework
for others to
propose their own flag characters in this new block.

(Issue #14, Comment 5)


On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 20:52, Christopher Fynn <>wrote:

> On 22/12/2008, Mark Davis <> wrote:
> > The UTC discussed this, and the consensus was to just do the flags that
> were
> > needed for compatibility. Of course, that does not preclude adding other
> > flags later.
> You think WG2 which consists of *national* bodies is going to accept
> these without requests for delays so that some can discuss it with
> their govenments? Then it is likely they will insist on having at
> least *their* flag included. Once these things are common, the cell
> phone manufactuers will soon want to include and Indian flag to sell
> their phones in India, a Thai flag to sell their phones in Thailand
> and so on ....
> Once some flags are encoded, encoding the rest seems inevitable - why
> not do this from the start so no-one is offended?
> If any flags are added it would be safer to add flags of all UN member
> countries - (and perhaps a handful of others) - Otherwise, few are
> going to understand why they were left out - and people in countries
> like India, Nigeria and Brazil, which are larger and have a greater
> population than many of the countrries included, are bound to feel
> offended.
> > I agree that it would probably be better to alphabetize these.
> Yes I can't see China being pleased if listed after Japan ....
> > ISO 3166 actually uses GB not UK.
> Whoops.
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