Language Identifier List Criteria
gschweizer at gmx.at
Tue Dec 21 04:49:20 CET 2004
Mark Davis wrote:
> You keep expressing this in a counterproductive way. The language tag
> 'de-AT' is reasonably defined: German as used in Austria.
Political borders don’t always run along language variations.
A language-region tag is generally understood as the current official
standard of the language in the corresponding country.
The tag "de-AT" clearly does not mean *any* German as used in Austria,
it refers to Austrian Standard German.
For example, in the context of a spell checking software you may expect
- current official Austrian orthography ("neue amtliche
- as currently taught in Austrian schools,
- as defined in the Austrian Dictionary ("Österreichisches Wörterbuch"),
- common practice in Austrian newspapers,
In my opinion the list should include only tags for which such distinct
conventions exist (which is apparently not the case for de-LI).
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