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Re: English Flag

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:21:17 +0300 (EEST)
To: Glynn Williams <glynn@wowdesignsolutions.com>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOC.4.64.0709121609320.26956@hopeatilhi.cs.tut.fi>

On Wed, 12 Sep 2007, Glynn Williams wrote:

> Hi Sorry to be so pedantic about something so little, especially as you're 
> trying to help, but you have a flag named wrong in your resources area:
> http://www.w3.org/Icons/Flags/english.tiff

I understand your concern, but I wonder how it relates to the validator. I 
see no connection except in the sense that the validator documentation 
refers to the icon repository http://www.w3.org/Icons/

Actually _most_ of the flags there have URLs formed from _language_ names, 
like french.tiff (though this might construed as using the adjective 
French, to refer to the French flag). I bet this relates to some old 
and poor practice of using country flags to denote languages. The 
Last-Modified dates are from 1994 (except for finland.gif which is from 
1993 and contains a very wrong picture of the flag of Finland).

> Could you please rename the flag as united_kingdom.tiff please, pretty 
> please?

I think the files need to be removed, not renamed, but I have no idea to 
whom one should complain about them. (There is no shortage of flag images 
on the Web, and I cannot imagine what purpose those generally poor icons 
could serve. If they are referred to on some W3C pages, then it's time to 
detect and fix this.)

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Wednesday, 12 September 2007 13:21:38 UTC

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