Using - or _ in language tags and/or locales

John Cowan
Fri, 15 Feb 2002 14:40:08 -0500

John Clews wrote:

> To me this blurs the distinction between locales and language tags
> (two different things, though with byte strings in common).

Additionally, it makes life very messy when the "language" part of
the locale itelf contains a "-".  For example, a Cantonese-US
locale would properly be zh-yue_US; calling it zh_yue_us or zh-yue-us
would do nothing but confuse the issue.

John Cowan <>
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen,
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith.  --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_