Script codes in RFC 3066

John Cowan jcowan at
Thu Apr 10 17:49:03 CEST 2003

Martin Duerst scripsit:

> That by itself may not hurt too much. But I have seen a lot of
> other combinations that are utter nonsense, and questions from
> people that seem to suggest that they somehow believe that
> there is something serious behind this nonsense.

My favorite case is be_bg, which obviously refers to the variant of
Byelorussian that is spoken in Bulgaria!  (If this isn't obviously absurd
to you, take a squint at a map.)

> I strongly disagree. If we ever get to update RFC 3066, and this includes
> script tags, then we clearly need to say that script tags only should
> be used to indicate an unusual script, and only where the script is
> otherwise not easily derivable.

I agree.  It is utterly otiose to tag things en-latn.

De plichten van een docent zijn divers,         John Cowan
die van het gehoor ook.                         jcowan at
      --Edsger Dijkstra               

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