New Last Call: 'Tags for Identifying Languages' to BCP

Bruce Lilly blilly at
Sat Dec 18 03:09:29 CET 2004

>  Date: 2004-12-15 14:09
>  From: "Peter Constable" <petercon at>
>  To: ietf-languages at, ietf at
> > From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> > bounces at] 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
   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" "">
<html lang="sr-cs">

   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 pre&#263;i &#263;ete na lokaciju izabrane zemlje">
                <option selected>Srbija i Crna Gora-Srpski

2. URI
   Once again, note the use in the URI itself.
   Content includes:

<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>

<a href="/news/cs/2004/10/cs_sr_20041013.html"><

   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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