Proposed Successor to RFC 3066 (language tags)

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Nov 23 01:41:17 CET 2003

Addison Phillips [wM] scripsit:

> zh-xiang
> zh-CN-xiang
> zh-xiang-2003
> zh-xiang-750BCE  # this date is random.
> zh-CN-xiang-2003
> zh-Hant-CN-2003-xiang
> zh-x-dialect=xiang
> zh-Hant-CN-xiang-scouse-2003-boont

If "zh" means Mandarin, then Xiang is not a variant of zh.  If zh means
Chinese generically, which is the RFC 3066 assumption, then there is a
case for registered sub-language tags, allowing zh-yue-CN vs. zh-yue-US,
for example.

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                John Cowan <jcowan at>

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