Will Faught

October 2023

How Unicode Country Flags Work

How do you encode politically-contentious country flags?

Benjamin Esham: Version 6.0 of the Unicode standard, released in October 2010, added support for emoji. Aside from the classics like ๐Ÿ˜ƒ (SMILING FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH), ๐Ÿ‘ (THUMBS UP SIGN), and ๐Ÿ’ฉ (PILE OF POO), the standard also included several national flags like these: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น In fact, the standard included every national flag, and in a way that wonโ€™t require the standard to be changed when new countries come into being.

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Will Faught

1 minute

September 2023

Bad Unicode Assumptions

All the ways in which you’re wrong about Unicode.

Unicode is much more complicated than it seems.

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Will Faught

1 minute