The last version of Internet Explorer, version 11, was released on October 17, 2013. This is a very long time ago when taking into account the rapid development of web technologies. These days it is often difficult and time consuming to get modern technologies to work well in this old browser. More and more frameworks are dropping support, and even Microsoft themselves has announced that they will fully drop support for IE in their own services in 2021.
Consequently, we have decided to not include support for IE in the Design Library website.
Luckily, there are modern options in active development. Please use Firefox, Edge or Chrome instead.
Flags in combination with the name of a country can help the user to find a country in a list of many countries. However, flags should be used with care, since flags are not suitable for all contexts.
Flags might be used on country selector pages to help customers find what they’re looking for faster. Without flags, it might take a bit longer to find a country if the list is extensive.
Use flags for choosing elements like delivery or visiting addresses, phone numbers or location-based web sites.
Preferably, use flags in combination with the full name of the country, since not all customers might recognise all flags.
Example when flags are used for stock market indexes
Avoid using flags to represent languages since flags represent countries, or parts of countries. Languages and countries do not have a one-to-one relationship. A language is spoken in multiple countries, and a country can have multiple official languages. Language can be very personal and is a big part of people’s cultures.
Avoid using flags to represent currencies. Countries don’t always have a simple relationship. Many countries keep their savings in foreign currencies that are more stable than theirs. Many payers and payees also prefer payments in more stable currencies.
Scroll to Pictogram Library to download the flag pictograms in Brand manual.