md0 wrote:Maybe what could happen is that the flag BBCode generates a different HTML output, and not an image. So we keep the shorthand, but we get rid of the flags.
Something like [Native Lang Name] + [Lang Code: English Name Tooltip].
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<dfn><abbr title="pt-BR: Brazilian Portuguese">Português do Brasil</abbr></dfn>
You'd see Português do Brasil, and if you hover over it, then you'll see pt-BR: Brazilian Portuguese as a tooltip.
That would be neat. We can try to add that as a new BBCode in the future.
But we're not getting rid of flags. Besides the BBCode, they're used extensively to identify language forums, in user profiles, etc.
I'm aware there are problems with it, but it's still one of the best ways to identify languages that is actually language independent. Using the English names all the time has problems of its own.
I'll also gladly add any new flags you think might be missing in order to represent specific languages or language varieties.