Tag characters

William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com
Wed May 20 11:29:28 CDT 2015

Peter Constable wrote as follows.

> Evidently there were more than two type of people. There are those who feel 50 years is long enough; there are others who feel that five years is long enough; there are likely others that feel 75 or 30 or some other values are long enough. Then there are also those who feel that any finite length is probably not long enough.

Unicode is about long-term stability.

Hopefully the people in charge of the codes to be used for the flags will agree never to reuse a code.

Whether they do or not, would it be good to add an option into the tag coding of the flags whereby at the end one may optionally add TAG COLON then at least four TAG DIGIT characters, those TAG DIGIT characters representing the year?

This feature would be ready if a future archivist finds the need to edit a text from years before so that it would display as its author intended, and indeed an author could use the method now so as to lock in his or her meaning.

This could also be of use now so as to display such items as the flag of the USA at various historical periods. It would be helpful if a particular year were chosen for normalization purposes: for example for the flag of the USA used in the 1940s and most of the 1950s have one particular year rather than just using any year within the period when that particular design of flag was in use.

Also for other flags at various historical periods.

It has been speculated that had Scotland left the United Kingdom as a result of the referendum last year (in the event, the people voted for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom) that the flag of the United Kingdom would have become changed, though some people advocated keeping it the same anyway.

William Overington

20 May 2015

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