Proposal: Language code "de-DE-trad"

John Cowan
Sat, 9 Feb 2002 16:25:02 -0500 (EST)

John Clews scripsit:

> 1. Are there more than one set of conventions that came in at amy
> times previous to 1996, or was it all uniform? It's an open question:
> I just have no detailed knowldege of German. However, it may also be
> possible that "trad" might need to be broken up into more detail.

The last German spelling reform was in 1901, featuring things like
"th" > "t" (they had been pronounced the same for centuries, of course).
So if a distinction must be made, one could use de-??-1901 instead.
I suspect that most of the pre-1901 materials represented in
digital form are in fact given in 1901 (or 1996) orthography.
Nevertheless, these codes are supposed to be useful for
non-digital works as well.

What I don't know is whether the 1901 reform created any sort
of ambiguities.

> 2. Conversely, assuming that there is no problem with "trad", might a
> "trad" be applied to Chinese, so that you get something like zh-trad
> and zh-[something else]?


John Cowan     
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_