Adding RAINBOW FLAG to Unicode

Doug Ewell doug at
Sun Jun 28 18:53:47 CDT 2015

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> On 28 Jun 2015, at 23:02, Steve Swales <> wrote:
>> Another way the Pride Flag might be mapped into Unicode without
>> adding code points would be to use a REGIONAL INDICATOR SYMBOL pair
>> corresponding to an unallocated ISO3166-1 alpha-2 sequence. U+1F1F6
>> + U+1F1F7, for example, might be an appropriate choice.
> It would be poor standardization to do this. Nothing would prevent the
> 3166 MA from assigning any unassigned code.

QM through QZ (among others) are user-assigned code elements. But I'm 
not sure whether the RIS are defined to use them that way. At the least, 
it would probably call for some sort of private agreement, similar to 
using the Unicode PUAs.

In general, Michael's right; assuming that it's OK to use an 
"unallocated" 3166-1 sequence would be like assuming it's OK to use, 
say, U+0530 for a privately defined character, just because it's 
currently unassigned.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ���� 

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