Language menus with flags...

I've seen this error too often: language menus that display flags in it.
Flags symbolize nations, not languages, so they shouldn't be used in association with languages.
You can read a rationale in these articles:

Why flags should not be used to indicate language choice

Why flags do not represent languages

(You'll find more links with more reasoning inside those two).

Also: flags have different aspect ratios (they are not the same "shape"). If you want to display a flag correctly, it's always nice to learn a little vexillology. My recommendation is this:

Flags of the World

Posted on Aug 19, 2013

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