RFC 3066bis: Philosophical objection (harsh)

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Dec 29 16:30:04 CET 2003

At 11:24 +0100 2003-12-29, Keld Jørn Simonsen wrote:
>On Sun, Dec 28, 2003 at 10:26:56AM -0800, Doug Ewell wrote:
>>  Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald at alvestrand dot no> wrote:
>>  >> 4. "Silly subtag generation" should not be an issue. It has always
>>  >> been possible to create 'silly' tags or at least tags with dubious
>>  >> meaning with the generative mechanism. 'es-AQ', 'sv-CO', et cetera.
>>  >
>>  > Yes, and at times I think that the inclusion of the ISO 639 generative
>>  > mechanism in RFC 1766 was a mistake, exactly for this reason.
>>  Having to register each language-country combination individually would
>>  introduce significant overhead and delay.  Each previously unencoded
>>  combination would have to be approved separately, and would be subject
>>  to lengthy subsequent debate over whether it should have been encoded,
>>  should be deprecated, etc.
>I don't think it is significant overhead. I am for registering
>each tag wholly as per Harald's arguments.

I would like someone to summarize what it is that 
all this would mean to me. I have not had the 
time to look at this draft in any meaningful way, 
and am not really likely to be able to do in the 
shorter term.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com

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