Mark Davis mark.davis at
Thu Apr 10 13:06:12 CEST 2003

I captured some of my thoughts in Addison
also had some comments on this list.

In addition, I would add that from a "big-endian" point of view, the script
is going to be a much stronger difference than the orthographic conventions
indicated by the region; ordering it first also makes the convention more
understandable for users.

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> My only reservation would be with those proposed tags that have both
> country and script elements: I don't think we ever reached consensus
> regarding which order they should go in.
> I can't recall now if Peter Edberg might have suggested this, but I'm
> wondering about having country ID after a script ID only when the country
> ID is specifically there to distinguish between spelling conventions.
> if the "AZ" in "az-Latn-AZ" were specifically intended to distinguish
> spelling used in Azerbaijan vs. spelling used elsewhere, that would be OK.
> But, if the distinction is not spelling but only vocab (or other such
> sub-language differences), then use "az-AZ-Latn". If we approach it that
> way, then I'm guessing we'd have "zh-HK-Hans"|"zh-HK-Hant" rather than
> "zh-Hans-HK"|"zh-Hant-HK".
> Thoughts?
> - Peter
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> Peter Constable
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