Updated! LANGUAGE TAG REGISTRATION FORM : es-americas
Sat, 31 Aug 2002 11:14:43 +0100
I have not approved es-americas. It does not seem to me that jumbling
es-AR, es-BO, es-CL, es-CO, es-CR, es-CU, es-DO, es-EC, es-FK, es-GT,
es-HN, es-MX, es-NI, es-PA, es-PE, es-PR, es-PY, es-SV, es-UY, es-VE
all into one identifies a single variety of Spanish any more
precisely than "es" by itself does, even within the varieties of
Spanish dialects in Spain itself. Indeed even taking some of the
salient phonetic features of "New World Spanish", one finds them in
Andaluc=EDa anyway. Features of both vocabulary and grammar differ from
country to country in the Americas, and they differ from each other
as much as they differ from Spain. So what is being identified? No
one thing is being identified, and therefore there's no justification
for adding a code for it, in my opinion.
I am open to be convinced otherwise.
=46or software development where a distinction between es-ES and
*es-americas is desired, I think the simplest thing to do is to
choose one of the American countries, whichever one has the most
features of the variety of Spanish you are identifying as
*es-americas, and use that.
At 11:22 -0500 2002-06-05, Peter_Constable@sil.org wrote:
>As explained in my response to Harald, I think this is inadequate, and I
>would not be in favour of this registration request. It would be getting
>closer to what I think is needed if the "other relevant information" field
>were changed to something like the following:
>Any other relevant information:
> This tag is intended for use with localised content that has
> been tailored (e.g. in regard to vocabulary) so as to make it
> usaful for Spanish audiences throughout Latin America.
> It would be appropriate for a server to deliver content using
> this tag in response to requests for content using any of the
> es, es-AR, es-BO, es-CL, es-CO, es-CR, es-CU, es-DO,
> es-EC, es-FK, es-GT, es-HN, es-MX, es-NI, es-PA, es-PE,
> es-PR, es-PY, es-SV, es-UY, es-VE
> It would not necessarily be appropriate, however, to deliver
> content that uses any of these tags in response to a request
> expressed in terms of the tag es-americas.
>It would be even better if it were possible to provide info as to what
>kinds of linguistically-tailored processes ought to work on es-americas
>content. For instance, can one assume that spelling or grammer checkers
>designed to work for es-MX should work well on es-americas content?
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