About cultural/languages communities flags

Christopher Fynn chris.fynn at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 12:41:23 CST 2015

One area where this would be useful is for indicating national teams
in football (soccer), rugby and other sports where England, Scotland,
Wales and N. Ireland play separately internationally.

On 10 February 2015 at 12:10, Mark Davis ☕️ <mark at macchiato.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:11 AM, Ken Whistler <kenwhistler at att.net> wrote:
>> for the full context, and for the current 26x26 letter matrix which is
>> the basis for the flag glyph implementations of regional indicator
>> code pairs on smartphones.
>> SC, SO, ST are already taken, but might I suggest putting in for
>> registering
>> "AB" for Alba? That one is currently unassigned.
>> Yeah, yeah, what is the likelihood of BSI pushing for a Scots two-letter
>> code?! But seriously, if folks are planning ahead for Scots independence
>> or even some kind of greater autonomy, this is an issue that needs to
>> be worked, anyway.
>> In the meantime, let me reiterate that there is *no* formal relationship
>> between TLD's and the regional indicator codes in Unicode (or the
>> implementations
>> built upon them). Well, yes, a bunch of registered TLD's do match the
>> country
>> codes, but there is no two-letter constraint on TLD's. This should already
>> be apparent, as Scotland has registered ".scot" At this point there isn't
>> even
>> a limitation of TLD's to ASCII letters, so there is no way to map them
>> to the limited set of regional indicator codes in the Unicode Standard.
>> Not having a two letter country code for Scotland that matches the
>> four letter TLD for Scotland might indeed be a problem for someone,
>> but I don't see *this* as a problem that the Unicode Standard needs
>> to solve.
> I want to add to that that there are already a fair number of ISO 2-letter
> codes for regions that are administered as part of another country, like
> Hong Kong. There are also codes for crown possessions like Guernsey. So
> having a code for Scotland (and Wales, and N. Ireland) do not really break
> precedent. But as Ken says, the best mechanism is for the UK to push for a
> code in ISO and the UN.
> Mark
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