Adding RAINBOW FLAG to Unicode

Noah Slater nslater at
Sat Jun 27 16:28:10 CDT 2015

I think it's a bit of a stretch to propose that a rainbow flag is a "white
flag" and "rainbow" ligature. That's certainly well beyond any
understanding I have of what a ligature is, from a typographical

On Sat, 27 Jun 2015 at 22:23 Pierpaolo Bernardi <olopierpa at> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 10:14 PM, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at>
> wrote:
>> Why would associating a flag and a rainbow this way means the flag will
>> just be recolored (but the rainbox form itself is completely lost)?
>> Couldn't this be to display a flying flag over a sky with a rainbow?
>> Compare this to the association of the sun and the rainbow symbols, or the
>> cloud and a rainbow (and compare to the sun or moon and a cloud associated
>> the same way, or the association of two clouds: none of them will overlap
>> completely).
>> Imagine the use in a weather application, I don't wee why the rainbox
>> would disappear when the flying flag is just there to mean the windy
>> condition, and the rainbox meant for variable weather mixing rainy and
>> sunny periods.
>> Your proposed use of ZWJ to create a complete overlap of one symbol into
>> another is unexpected.
> A ZWJ does not cause two random characters to overlap. It creates a
> ligature, and the ligature can be rendered in any way the font designers
> prefer.  If there's a need for this character, font designers could agree
> to render this ligature in the desired way.
> In case there's the need, the Unicode Consortium could hint at the
> intended meaning of this ligature, I think?
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