Language Identifier List up for comments
ishida at w3.org
Tue Dec 14 13:59:12 CET 2004
 For Chinese: What about zh-Hans and zh-Hant? What about the IANA stuff
like zh-hakka, etc.?
 What if I just want to say "This is Turkish - but I don't know which
dialect"? The list makes it seem like I *need* to choose one of the country
 Is there a big enough difference between en-GB and, say, en-FK that I
should need to distinguish between the two?
 I'm not clear about the value of the list. A list like this suggests to
me that things can be looked up here without a great deal of thought. I'm
not convinced that that is true. And once one applies a little thought
about the most appropriate label to use, it is hardly difficult to come up
with the appropriate country code. Perhaps there would be a minimal value
in helping find some of the country codes you might need, but then I would
organise the information slightly differently.
 I think the choice of language code also depends on the intended usage.
That is very hard to predict, of course. If one is simply applying a
different font to English text embedded in an Arabic document, then I think
labelling with subcodes is overkill. If labelling English text for use with
a spell checker, a distinction between en-US and en-GB is typically useful
because spell checkers for English tend to take that distinction into
account - whether that applies for all variants of other languages is not
clear to me. If dealing with a text to speech application that can
distinguish accents such as en-UK-scouse, then a higher level of detail is
needed than that given in the table. If dealing with Accept-Language
declarations, then you must declare both en and en-UK/en-US in a browser,
otherwise you won't always get the results you expected. I think the table
over-simplifies the question. I'll concede that the answer to the question
is very difficult to produce, but my concern is that the table seems to be
offering a solution, by fiat, that is not always correct, and doesn't say
that clearly enough.
 typo: Lingala uses an upper case 'I'
> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-international-request at w3.org
> [mailto:www-international-request at w3.org] On Behalf Of Tex Texin
> Sent: 14 December 2004 10:43
> To: www-international at w3.org
> Cc: www-international at w3.org; ietf-languages at alvestrand.no
> Subject: Language Identifier List up for comments
> I will add caveats and expand the list to be both one level
> and two level as we go along.
> I am in a busy patch, so comment now, but I won't make many
> updates until the weekend.
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