Request for variant subtag fr 16th-c 17th-c RESUBMISSION
dewell at adelphia.net
Sat Jan 27 06:55:13 CET 2007
CE Whitehead <cewcathar at hotmail dot com> wrote:
> Possibly alas frx would be confusing after all given the existence of
> a regional subtag FX??
> Type: region
> Subtag: FX
> Description: Metropolitan France
> Added: 2005-10-16
> Preferred-Value: FR
> Deprecated: 1997-07-14
> But this is sort of ahead of ourselves.
We can't worry about collisions or near-collisions between different
types of subtags. They are sharing a small, restricted coding space --
short alphabetic codes often derived from pronounceable words -- and
some similarities are inevitable.
Especially we should not worry too much about deprecated subtags like
FX, which don't always make the best examples. FX exists as a subtag
only because it was briefly (1993-1997) available in ISO 3166 and there
was a chance that someone might have used it conformantly in a language
There are also some false friends, pairs of subtags that seem as though
they might be related but aren't. "be-BE" is Belarusian as used in
Belgium, "et-ET" is Estonian as used in Ethiopia, "sl-SL" is Slovenian
as used in Sierra Leone. There's a good chance that somebody, somewhere
will misuse one of these, but there's nothing that can (or should be)
done about them.
Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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