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[Tunisia] by Zeljko Heimer

The construction details given in Album des Pavillons (2000) Corr 1. should match the new specifications adopted in 2000. The new specifications are documented in the Flag Bulletin, September-October 2000.
Zeljko Heimer, 12 April 2003

The construction of the 1999 flag drawn by Zeljko Heimer is absolutely correct according to the very detailed instructions contained in Articles One and Two of Fundamental Law ("loi organique") No. 99-56 of 30 June 1999 as published in the 'Journal Officiel de la Republique Tunisienne' No. 54 (P.1088) of 6 July 1999.
Christopher Southworth
, 3 February 2004

Pre-1999 flag

[Tunisia] by Zeljko Heimer

The flag construction scheme before year 2000 was posted to me by Christopher Southworth, as he explained previously based on the Flag Institute model but without indication of the source on which this may be based. This pattern would be presumably taken into usage after 1957, but weather this was exactly specified somewhere we don't know.
Zeljko Heimer, 12 April 2003

The construction details of the pre-1999 flag drawn by Zeljko Heimer from a Flag Institute specification supplied by myself are absolutely correct according to a precise "Description of the Tunisian Flag" (worded as if taken from the relevant law?) supplied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Secretariat of the Kingdom of Tunisia. This is, unfortunately undated, but almost certainly comes from a period between 20 March 1956 and 25 July 1957. The end reads: "NB. This description replaces any former description".
Christopher Southworth, 3 February 2004

I have to ask however whether the figures for the size of the star have been rounded slightly. On the pre-1999 flag it is 40/180 of the flag's width, i.e., 22.22%. it is now 18/80 of the flag's width, i.e., 22.50%. This seems like a fiddlingly small change (0.25cm for a 90cm-hoist flag) and probably makes no practical difference, but it would be interesting to know whether some rounding has occurred.
James Dignan, 3 February 2004

No alteration or rounding has occurred, it is just that the two flags are constructed by different rules giving slightly different sizes. The star on the 1956 flag is created within an imaginary circle whose diameter is 2/3 the diameter of the outer arc of the crescent which is itself 2/3 the diameter of the central white disk. While in the 1999 flag the star is contained within an imaginary circle whose diameter is equal to 15% of flag length. The central white disk is one-half the width of the flag in both cases. The main difference actually lies, as we know, in the overall size and shape of the crescent.
Christopher Southworth, 3 February 2004