Flag Emoji

Windows 10 has now been out for 5 years.  Why are there still no flag emoji? 

It's ridiculous.  It affects how webpages display in ALL the browsers.  As a software developer myself, this is a rudimentary update and essential component of the OS.  There have been thousands of complaints.

Is there a plan to add these?

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Hi Daniel

On Community, we are just users like yourself volunteering, we are not Microsoft . . .

The best option is to open the Feedback Hub (Windows Key + F Key) and post this there, where hopefully someone from Microsoft may take notice of this . . .
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Hi Daniel,

There aren't flag emojis and there problably won't be. The reason is pretty simple and can't be worked around in any satysfying way:

Country flags aren't actually a single unicode character, but a combination of unicode characters that are interpreted as a flag. When you receive the country flag equivalent of "US", it is interpreted as the United States flag. It means that it's up to each emoji implementation to interpret flag codes, which means that there is a potential PR nightmare to deal with in case a country isn't recognized internationaly.

Should microsoft decide to recognize the Israelian flag ? The Palestinian flag ? Taiwan flag ? How is Microsoft supposed to decide what flag to display or not if part of a country decides to declare independance ? Some companies have decided to represent all flags, some have decided to display different flags depending on where the user is located, an Microsoft decided to display none.

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Hi Daniel,

There aren't flag emojis and there problably won't be. The reason is pretty simple and can't be worked around in any satysfying way:

Country flags aren't actually a single unicode character, but a combination of unicode characters that are interpreted as a flag. When you receive the country flag equivalent of "US", it is interpreted as the United States flag. It means that it's up to each emoji implementation to interpret flag codes, which means that there is a potential PR nightmare to deal with in case a country isn't recognized internationaly.

Should microsoft decide to recognize the Israelian flag ? The Palestinian flag ? Taiwan flag ? How is Microsoft supposed to decide what flag to display or not if part of a country decides to declare independance ? Some companies have decided to represent all flags, some have decided to display different flags depending on where the user is located, an Microsoft decided to display none.

Well, Meri, Windows 7 had the flag(s), so I don't understand WHY Windows 10 can't get with the program! Pun intended!!

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Hi Daniel, There aren't flag emojis and there problably won't be. The reason is pretty simple and can't be worked around in any satysfying way: Country flags aren't actually a single unicode character, but a combination of unicode characters that are interpreted as a flag. When you receive the country flag equivalent of "US", it is interpreted as the United States flag. It means that it's up to each emoji implementation to interpret flag codes, which means that there is a potential PR nightmare to deal with in case a country isn't recognized internationaly. Should microsoft decide to recognize the Israelian flag ? The Palestinian flag ? Taiwan flag ? How is Microsoft supposed to decide what flag to display or not if part of a country decides to declare independance ? Some companies have decided to represent all flags, some have decided to display different flags depending on where the user is located, an Microsoft decided to display none.

The flag codes are not up to be interpreted, they are decided by The Unicode Consortium and so means there is no "potential PR nightmare" when you simply follow the spec. https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html#1f3f3

For example, Microsoft doesn't seem to have any trouble with implementing and displaying the multi character LGBT flag ��‍��(censored on this forum). Of which is illegal and deeply frowned upon in Russia.

When is it a "potential PR nightmare" and when is it not?

What I'm saying is that it is better to placate a few countries by having special conditions for displaying certain pictograms than to not pleasing anyone and breaking a spec that is used internationally on the web!

Like even though they have opted to not render the flags, there is no country code section in the emoji picker where I can click to write the string of characters that render as a flag on other devices. Why is that not available, when I can go to https://emojipedia.org/emoji/%F0%9F%87%AC%F0%9F%87%A7/ and copy the ��‍��(censored on this forum)string to paste here? So they have actively chosen not to include the flag codes in the emoji picker, even though it is clearly part of the emoji spec.

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Why is that not available, when I can go to https://emojipedia.org/emoji/%F0%9F%87%AC%F0%9F%87%A7/ and copy the ���� string to paste here? So they have actively chosen not to include the flag codes in the emoji picker, even though it is clearly part of the emoji spec. 

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There is no "Israelian" flag and no Taiwan flag either.
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Why is that not available, when I can go to https://emojipedia.org/emoji/%F0%9F%87%AC%F0%9F%87%A7/ and copy the ���� string to paste here? So they have actively chosen not to include the flag codes in the emoji picker, even though it is clearly part of the emoji spec. 

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They are apparently censored on this forum.

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There is no "Israelian" flag and no Taiwan flag either.

What do you call this?: https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html#1f1ee_1f1f1

Or this?: https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html#1f1f9_1f1fc

Non-flags? They're in the emoji spec. They are internationally recognized countries.

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Can't you just download some flag emojis?

Windows can't have everything that everyone thinks it should have.

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(0x1f1ee,0x1f1f1) = Israeli flag

(0x1f1f9,0x1f1fc) = Chinese flag  

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