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Q&A

What is this flag nonsense?

They're from the International Code of Signals and can be used for communication between boats. They represent letters of the alphabet and also sometimes have a specific meaning, like when you enter foreign waters, you fly Quebec to indicate that you need to clear customs. Certain combinations of flags have additional meanings, many of which are rather grim. Like India Tango apparently means "I am on fire." I can just see myself sitting calmly at the helm, asking my navigatrix to grab the flags to indicate our state of conflagration. Anyway, they're rarely used by recreational sailors, except for Quebec and possibly Alpha, which means "diver down" everywhere except in America and on Van Halen albums. See their other meanings here.

Why are these flags so small?

I made them to fit inline with small text in an older version of this boat log, but I thought it would be fun to do something else with them. Also, I made the "very small" set first, so the ones currently listed as "small" have 10x the area of the originals.

I'm high tech and stuff, and I see that you're using HTML5 canvas

I don't know, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I was trying to make it so that you could copy and paste the completed word into something else, but the canvas is always the same size, which is almost always unhelpful. Maybe someday I'll figure out an alternative.