LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R4): pinyin
kent.karlsson14 at comhem.se
Wed Sep 10 09:57:54 CEST 2008
Doug Ewell wrote:
> Sorry for the confusion. I wasn't referring to the subtag value
> either -- if I were, I wouldn't have uppercased it. I was
> talking about
> the concept of "Pinyin" itself. And it now seems that we
> have at least three interpretations of that word:
> 1. Hanyu Pinyin only (exemplified by Mark)
> 2. Hanyu Pinyin and other romanizations that "derive from Pinyin
> orthographic conventions" (Michael)
> 3. Any romanization of a Chinese language (Kent)
While I have nothing against registering a subtag for Hanyu Pinyin,
I think choosing the name "pinyin" for that subtag may be a bad idea,
and potentially confusing no matter how clear the registration form
is regarding that this is to be used for Hanyu Pinyin only.
And as I noted before, I find it a bit strange that for "acad"
there is a "move" to micromanagement by introducing year numbers
for (apparently) rather small differences, while here there is
a "move" to include fairly different orthographies [that "derive
from [Hanyu] Pinyin orthographic conventions"] into one subtag.
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