John Clews Scripts2 at
Sun May 4 10:01:57 CEST 2003

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"Sean M. Burke" writes:

> At 10:34 PM 2003-04-30 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> >Michael Everson scripsit:
> > > I rejected yi-Hebr because it was the default. Peter Edberg proposed
> > > that we devise a table of defaults.
> >Hebrew script is *overwhelmingly* the default for Yiddish.  No such 
> >overwhelming default exists for Azeri.
> My view precisely.  Similarly, it would be spurious to merely state that 
> Serb is in Cyrillic in the same way that Yiddish is in Hebrew script, and 
> in the same way that French is in Latin script.  I think there's bit of a 
> difference between the last two, but most importantly a massive difference 
> between Serb:Cyrillic and the other two.
> Just saying default-default-default is unfair to the data.

Actually, the situation is different, as Mark pointed out, quoting a
Serbian speaker.

If you saw the television news reports of the protests which led to
the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, you'll have seen plenty of
placards in both Latin and Cyrillic script: all were in Serbian.

There's a definite need to be able to specify both, which the
allocation of specific code combinations involving -Cyrl and -Latn
would provide.

There may be a neeed for a separate discussion on "default laguage
codess" which do not specify a script, which may need to be addressed
in any revision of RFC 3066.

Best regards

John Clews

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