en-GB-oxford LANGUAGE TAG REGISTRATION FORM
everson at evertype.com
Sun Jun 15 16:24:03 CEST 2003
At 17:21 -0700 2003-06-14, Mark Crispin wrote:
>It seems that the OED is *not* the definitive reference of British
>English; if it was then there would be no reason for the separate entry.
>Furthermore, OED English deviates substantially from modern British
>English; in some respects American or Canadian English is closer.
Eh? OED orthography differs from "modern British" only in its
preference of -ize to -ise for words using that Greek suffix.
>If we take the position that the OED defines an ideal form of the English
>language, separate from different national dialects, then I consider it
>wrong to label it as GB.
The reason the tag is required is to specify Oxford orthography, as
distinct from en-US and en-GB.
I prefer Oxford spelling to "British" spelling, and I prefer
"British" spelling to Webster's reformed orthography.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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