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FIAV Flag Information Symbols

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The symbols were adopted by FIAV in the early 1970's as the standards to use when describing flag usage by "shorthand". The complete listing of those symbols adopted are as listed in Smith's 1975 and 1980 books.
David Martucci, 07 July 1997

Vexillological Symbols

Alternate version of the flag
De facto Version, no official law or edict making the flag official
Historic flag no longer in use *
No flag approved
Normal presentation (view) *
Reconstruction based upon written sources only
Reverse (mirror image)
reverse side is not the same
Sinister hoist - the flag is intended to be viewed with the staff on the right
Two sided; the reverse is different from the obverse
Variant - this flag is one of several which can be displayed
by Antonio Martins (no flag and historical images) and Željko Heimer

* indicates an extended symbol not in the standard FIS set. This symbol has been proposed by Željko Heimer.

For a full explanation of these and other symbols, see Željko Heimer's Flag Information System page.

Antonio Martins has developed a true type font for Windows applications using the FIAV Information System codes. The vexillological symbols font can be downloaded from FOTW.

Another TrueType font developed by Phil Nelson using the Information symbols and all grids (shown below) is available for download at FOTW using the Unicode personal use area and compatible with Windows 2000 and above.

Usage symbols

The sixty-four grids for representing a flag are based upon the general usage of the flag. The first row represents land use, the second sea use, each divided into Civil (private), Nation (state/government) and Military use (war flag).

Private Use

Public Use

Military Use

Land Use

Civil Flag

State Flag

War Flag

Sea Use

Civil Ensign

State Ensign

War Ensign

The 64 grids follow:

No attributes selected Civil flag
War ensign Civil flag/war ensign
State ensign Civil flag and state ensign
State and war ensign Civil flag, state and war ensign
Civil ensign Civil flag and ensign
Civil ensign and war flag Civil flag/ensign and war ensign
Civil and state ensign Civil flag and ensign, state ensign
National ensign Civil flag and national ensign
War flag