Language subtag modification request: frr Suppres-Script Latn

Doug Ewell dewell at
Wed Feb 15 17:06:00 CET 2006

Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald at alvestrand dot no> wrote:

> Frank's proposal is a modification to one of the tags listed on your
> page, Doug. It may be seen as seeing if we can have a rational
> discussion of a modification to your implied request :-)

I don't think that's the point.  These are two completely different 
types of request, and I'm not at all sure it's appropriate to combine 

My page describes new subtags that the Language Subtag Reviewer MUST 
review and, unless a problem is found, MUST approve and submit to IANA, 
in accordance with Section 3.3 of draft-registry, with little or no 
input from this list (but preferably with the submissions to IANA cc'd 
to this list).  Most of these are based on code elements that were added 
to ISO 639 back in November, and I first posted an announcement about my 
page more than two months ago (before 'zxx' was added in January).  I'm 
actually not supposed to have to do this; it's just a courtesy to the 

I strongly urge the Reviewer to approve and submit these subtags without 
further delay, or we risk being accused of the same lack of timeliness 
and responsiveness that the ISO maintenance agencies have been accused 
of.  I note that they do not conflict with any existing registry 
entries, which is the only decision that needs to be made with respect 
to adding them or not.

Frank's request is of a different nature; it is a discretionary request. 
It falls under Section 3.5, and under item 7 of Section 3.4.  Frank 
submits the registration form (which he has done), we discuss the 
proposed change on this list for at least two weeks, and then the 
Reviewer either approves it and sends it to IANA, or rejects it with 
comments.  In this case, Frank is actually proposing a change to a 
subtag that doesn't exist yet.  IMHO, we need to have the subtag first 
before we can modify it.

If one of us were requesting a change in the Description field of an 
existing subtag, and the other were requesting a Suppress-Script to be 
added to the same subtag, then I believe it would be wholly appropriate 
to combine the requests.

BTW, I support Frank's proposal -- once the subtag 'frr' is added -- and 
agree with him that dozens more Suppress-Scripts need to be added. 
Somebody just needs to do the research on them, as Frank has done for 

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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