Language Identifier List Criteria
Misha.Wolf at reuters.com
Tue Dec 21 16:29:18 CET 2004
You wrote that you are now keeping the stuff in a database. That
would enable you to provide both views:
1. What tags do I need for the language(s) of country/region X?
2. What tags exist for (derivatives of) language Y?
The answer to Q1, for the PRC, might be: zh, zh-Hans, zh-CN, ...
The answer to Q2, for zh, might be:
- zh is [useful in/for ...] | [useless]
- zh-CN is [useful in/for ...] | [useless]
- zh-Hans [is useful in/for ...] | [useless]
> On another related topic, I am considering for the next version
> of the table to organize it differently. It strikes me that for
> my needs, and my intended audience, that it is not as interesting
> to list languages and noting which regions they are spoken, as to
> list each of the regions and note the languages used there. If I
> do that, I do not have to deal with meaningless identifiers and
> map them to the correct ones to use.
> So I might have:
> region languages
> JP ja
> LI de-CH (maybe others, I don't know.)
> CH de-CH, it, fr-FR, rm
> US en-US, es-US
> CA fr-CA, en-CA, iu
> With this approach, I can suggest something like the most popular
> choices, not rule out the existence of other languages being used,
> the lack of de-LI makes a statement about de-LI vs de-CH, without
> being as explicit about criteria, other than perhaps a combination
> of popular choices by major software vendors, offical languages,
> and claims of encyclopedias and the like as to what is spoken
> This approach is more helpful to folks like me who are looking to
> answer what they need to provide. If someone wants to know how
> many variants of German they need, they can scan the table for all
> listings of de and de-*, and even scan just the regions they
> support to determine their perhaps more exact needs.
> It's also easier for me to accept edits of the list from people
> suggesting that language xx-YY is used in region ZZ, without a lot
> of vetting effort.
> Would that work for people?
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