Flags, was Fwd: translatoid

David Jarvie djarvie at kde.org
Thu Aug 6 17:50:39 BST 2009

On Thu, August 6, 2009 4:47 pm, John Layt wrote:
> On Thursday 06 August 2009 10:47:38 Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
>> but the reason, at least to me, that the current klocale flags are so
>> "ugly" is they have the country codes on them. however, that might be
>> useful for when they are used for locale setting since you usually know
>> the
>> country code in that case though perhaps not the flag. the country name
>> is right there in text, however.
> Which flags are these?  The ones in kdebase/runtime/l10n/ don't have the
> codes
> embedded in them, but they are rather small (about 21x14) PNG's and so not
> very useful.  I suspect there's some code somewhere that dynamically adds
> the country code to the flag possibly in a localised form?  Their being in
> kdebase
> is also not very useful to apps when kdebase isn't installed (and that
> raises
> the wider question of what other l10n stuff might belong in kdelibs too).
> And I won't even start the debate about whether flags are really the
> appropriate symbol to use for languages when multiple countries use the
> same language... :-)

And when one country has multiple languages - sometimes there is a
separate flag for an individual language region in a country (e.g. the
Catalan flag in Spain), but even if there is, the use of such flags could
be a politically sensitive matter.

David Jarvie.
KDE developer.
KAlarm author & maintainer.

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