LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
doug at ewellic.org
Tue Sep 9 07:37:38 CEST 2008
>> What is really needed is an extension registry for
>> this zoo (fonipa, fonupa, pinyin, ...), but as long
>> as nobody creates it, and as long as this ugly hole
>> in RFC 4646 permits such "generic variant" kludges,
>> go for it.
> The question of whether to assign "zh" or "zh-Latn" as the Prefix for
> 'pinyin' has NOTHING to do with generic variants. Where did that come
> from? Nobody has seriously proposed making 'pinyin' a generic variant
> like 'fonipa'. At most they have suggested that a small set of
> languages be added as multiple Prefix fields.
I apologize to Frank for this reaction. I did not realize that Michael
had proposed to register 'pinyin' as a generic variant, and I agree that
it should not be one, though ultimately it is Michael's call.
I still maintain that the "generic variant" model is appropriate for
variants that can truly apply to any language, such as IPA, and is not a
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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