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  • I think you've created a useful module, but it should really be called Country::Flags. I don't understand why web sites use flags to select a language. Flags represent countries, not languages.

    For example, on the easyJet [easyjet.com] site, if I'm a Swiss resident who speaks Italian, is it right to click the Italian flag? And what about Portuguese? If I'm in Brazil and speak Brazilian Portuguese, do I have to click the Portuguese flag? How do you distinguish between simplified Chinese [wikipedia.org] and traditional Chinese [wikipedia.org]? Do you attempt to negotiate the sensitive issues around People's Republic of China [wikipedia.org] and Republic of China [wikipedia.org]?

    I don't understand why more people don't just use simple links like Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Português and 日本語.

    • Hi I understand and agree to some point with your post. Now, let me explain:
      • I know flags are for countries, not for languages;
      • I know there are languages with flags that do not have countries (see Esperanto flag at http://flagspot.net/flags/qy-eo.html [flagspot.net]);
      • In my case I do not want to put links on web-pages, although I use flags for that as well :)
      • I want to have PT and BR as two different flags. They are different languages, and thus, I want to differentiate them.
      • Regarding Chinese, I do not have enough kno
      • Flags::Thumbnails

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    • Locale::Flags.
    • The most obvious (counter)example probably of course being: what flag to choose for English? U.S.? U.K.? England? Scotland? Wales? Ireland? Canada? Australia? NZ? The Commonwealth?
      • There is no "ENGLISH" language. Sorry if you disagree, but if you are planning to use English corpora for machine translation you will NOT join corpora from those different sources. You will end up with a confused dictionary.
        • Sorry, I have no idea what the heck you are talking about. Why did you suddenly switch to ENGLISH (all uppercase) in the discussion? Why are you talking about corpora and machine translation? We were talking about flags as symbols of languages, I thought...