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Re: about flags and languages

From: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 12:48:36 -0500
Message-ID: <BAY114-F282876AB674106534A508B3840@phx.gbl>
To: cowan@ccil.org, nicolas1.krebs3@netcourrier.com
Cc: www-international@w3.org

Hi, all, remarking on the debate;
what is needed is a pictorial icon;
a country flag is obviously not quite the right icon to stand in for a 
country;
but it is pictorial.
The language codes however are not always mnemonic and not always known by 
everyone, but when the language code is commonly known, such as en, it might 
be a good idea to start using it.
Somewhere an alt or something saying "English" would also help;

writing  something like:

"English" (in English)  |||  "Francais" (in French)

also would help--as the person looking for a text in a language should at 
least be able to read the language name in that language, so this.


(The Finns have at least four languages plus several dialects with official 
status, more than Canada [which has three, correct me if I'm wrong, 
Inuktitut, English, and French], and more certainly than the U.S. [which 
sort of still has but one], in spite of size and population differences; in 
addition, none of the languages there are going extinct; the same cannot be 
said for languages in the U.S., so it's easy for them to say this.  But it's 
something we should think about.)

Thanks for sharing this link.

But does this debate go here??  Or do we just look over/approve variant 
subtags and nothing else?

--C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar@hotmail.com

"If Adam delved, and Eve span,
who was then a gentleman?"
--English Peasants' Revolt




>
>
>Nicolas Krebs scripsit:
>
> > I found a debate of http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/flags.html
> > in http://www.geeksworld.org/strip_423.html#c6085
> > (2007-02-28, in French). It argue that flags for languages are common in 
>Begium
> > (i can not confirm).
>
>Doubtless they are, considering how popular the flag=language meme
>is throughout the Internet.  That doesn't make it anything but a bad
>idea, per Jukka's arguments.
>
>--
>John Cowan  cowan@ccil.org  http://ccil.org/~cowan
>If I have seen farther than others, it is because I am surrounded by 
>dwarves.
>         --Murray Gell-Mann
>

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