Script codes in RFC 3066
everson at evertype.com
Wed Apr 9 22:35:47 CEST 2003
At 21:21 +0100 2003-04-09, Caoimhin O Donnaile wrote:
>I was thinking mostly of hierarchic information above the language
>level - e.g. recording the fact that Scottish Gaelic is a Goidelic
>language, which in turn are a branch of the Celtic languages, which
>in turn are a branch of the Indo-european family.
These language tags do not try to convey this kind of information.
>I mentioned before codes for historical languages from different
>periods as eating into the codespace, as well as obsoleted codes
>as scholarship progresses, but I forgot to mention another major
>factor. I think that the codes for nodes in the hierarchy should
>be in the same codespace, because at the lower levels opinions
>may change over time as to what is a "node" and what is a separate
>language (as in the examples above), and because it as well to keep to
>the same system for the higher levels too.
I don't see how current practice has much to do with your (very
interesting) database idea though.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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