Language Identifier List up for comments

Mark Davis mark.davis at
Sat Dec 18 00:13:48 CET 2004

I'm completely confused; you keep switching the criteria. You used to say
'plausible', now it's "recommended for general use'. For 'general use' for
what? Localization? Text-to-Speech? Spell-checkers? Tex said in a side email
that if he couldn't buy a different dictionary two ids, they are not
different; that would eliminate quite a few distinctions in the list, but
that would be both too coarse and too fine for use in localization.

I have no idea what that this list is supposed to do now.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Cowan" <jcowan at>
To: "Mark Davis" <mark.davis at>
Cc: <www-international at>; <ietf-languages at>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 14:58
Subject: Re: Language Identifier List up for comments

> Mark Davis scripsit:
> > And the broader point is that whenever you are saying that xx-YY and
> > have different denotations, you *are* saying that xx differs by country.
> > that case you can't just say that xx-WW is "not recommended", you have
> > 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
> there is a fair amount of de-US material out there, especially old
> but it probably wouldn't make sense to recommend de-US for general use
> -- 
> 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

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