PRI #299 (was: Re: Adding RAINBOW FLAG to Unicode)

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Jul 3 14:50:51 CDT 2015

Leo Broukhis <leob at mailcom dot com> wrote:

> What I don't like about PRI #399 is its proposing to use default-
> ignorable characters. On a non-vexillology-aware platform, I'd like
> to see something informative, albeit not resembling a flag, but
> indicative of the intention to display a flag, like RIS can be, as
> opposed to nondescript white flags.

This is just a personal prediction, but I'd guess that once the PRI #299 
mechanism hits the streets, U+1F3F3 WAVING WHITE FLAG will be used 
overwhelmingly for tag sequences and comparatively seldom on its own. 
When a reader sees ��, it might be relatively safe to assume the writer 
intended to display a specific flag.

I don't know what the original impetus for adding U+1F3F3 was. That 
might help us predict how popular U+1F3F3 will be on its own. Maybe one 
of the Emoji Gurus can help out here.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ����

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