John Cowan cowan at
Tue Apr 15 07:08:10 CEST 2003

John Clews scripsit:

> There is also the need to say what various "shortest possible forms"
> are generally used for. For example, does az alone generally mean:
> (a) Azerbaijani in general, and also
> (b) Azerbaijani, in Cyrillic script, in Azerbaijan, which has been
>     its predominant use for all of the twentieth century?

I would understand "az" to mean "Azeri in general".  Particular systems
might infer something in addition, but that would be a purely local
interpretation and not necessarily interoperable.

> And what would be the expectation of an HTML page which just listed
> az as a language code, and didn't supply any character set
> information, but just used an 8-bit single byte character set?

The expectation would be that the text would be in Azeri.

John Cowan               cowan at
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_

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