New Last Call: 'Tags for Identifying Languages' to BCP
blilly at erols.com
Sat Dec 18 03:09:29 CET 2004
> Date: 2004-12-15 14:09
> From: "Peter Constable" <petercon at microsoft.com>
> To: ietf-languages at alvestrand.no, ietf at ietf.org
> > From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-
> > bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Bruce Lilly
> > Currently sr-CS has a specific
> > meaning under RFC 3066; it has had for some time.
> The meaning "Serbia and Montenegro" was introduced relatively recently
> (a little more than a year ago), was immediately received with alarm by
> many in the IT sector. There were vain attempts to get it reversed, and
> that failure was an impetus to introduce protection against such changes
> in the revision of RFC 3066. I am not aware of "CS" being used in the IT
> sector with the new meaning, though cannot guarantee that.
I can. I could, but won't, simply put some content up
with that meaning. One example will serve to establish
the existing usage; I'll provide two (I'm a heavy tipper :-).
I could provide more, but that would be superfluous.
1. URI http://welcome.hp.com/country/cs/sr/welcome.html
Aside from the obvious usage in the URI itself, the
HTML content contains the following (my commentary
marks items of particular relevance):
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
N.B. the specific language-tag "sr-cs"!
<meta name="target_country" content="cs">
<td><select name="countrySelect" id="countrySelect" title="Izbor zemlje - Promenom izbora preći ćete na lokaciju izabrane zemlje">
<option selected>Srbija i Crna Gora-Srpski
2. URI http://www.ibm.com/cs/
Once again, note the use in the URI itself.
<meta name="IBM.Country" content="CS"/>
<meta name="Description" content="IBM Serbia and Montenegro"/>
<meta name="Abstract" content="IBM Serbia and Montenegro"/>
<meta name="Keywords" content="IBM Serbia and Montenegro"/>
<meta name="DC.Publisher" content="IBM Corporation"/>
<title>IBM Srbija I Crna Gora</title>
N.B. "cs" and "sr" used together.
<!-- cs/sr/all assembled by mhpb v1.1 on Thu, 25 Nov 2004 12:22:14 CUT -->
N.B. "CS" and "sr" together again.
Clearly neither example is referring to the no longer
extant "Czechoslovakia"... And Hewlett-Packard (having
acquired DEC and Compaq) and IBM clearly constitute
representatives of "the IT sector".
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