Language Identifier List up for comments

John Cowan jcowan at
Fri Dec 17 23:58:39 CET 2004

Mark Davis scripsit:

> And the broader point is that whenever you are saying that xx-YY and xx-ZZ
> have different denotations, you *are* saying that xx differs by country. In
> that case you can't just say that xx-WW is "not recommended", you have to
> say *which* country variant it is the same as.

Not necessarily, especially if you don't know.  Claiming that de-AT, de-DE, and
de-CH are recommended doesn't disrecommend other possibilities; in particular,
there is a fair amount of de-US material out there, especially old newspapers,
but it probably wouldn't make sense to recommend de-US for general use today.

John Cowan                              jcowan at  
Humpty Dump Dublin squeaks through his norse
                Humpty Dump Dublin hath a horrible vorse
But for all his kinks English / And his irismanx brogues
                Humpty Dump Dublin's grandada of all rogues.  --Cousin James

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