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

Bruce Lilly blilly at
Sat Dec 18 19:38:25 CET 2004

>  Date: 2004-12-15 13:22
>  From: John Cowan <jcowan at>
>  To: ietf-languages at, ietf at

> The current process does *not* limit the length of non-private-use
> tags.

It does by way of reviewer, community, and IETF Area
Director review.

> But absolutely nothing except his good sense prevents Michael from registering
> en-the-dialect-spoken-on-the-bowery-between-1933-and-1945-by-alcoholic-drug-users-who-live-in-flophouses.

Aside from specific technical details already addressed
by others, such a long name would certainly solicit the
strong suggestion that the submitter should find a
suitable shortened form, as such a long tag could not
be used in an encoded-word.

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