zh-min and zh-min-nan

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Fri Jan 23 19:03:32 CET 2004

> From: Clay Compton

> I intended zh-min to be a basket for the Min varieties you named back
when I
> submitted it, and the goal was that future registrants wound be
encouraged to use it
> as a naming hook for their own registrations of zh-min-bei,
zh-min-nan, etc.  Zh-min-
> nan was registered separately by a native speaker, which means my
secret plan has
> been working so far. (Laughs nefariously.)

OK. Thanks very much for that clarification. The implication for me is
that zh-min is what would be referred to in ISO 639-3 as a
"macrolanguage". Now I need to decide whether ISO 639-3 should include a
code element that corresponds to it.

Is there a real need for zh-min other than as a hook for registrations
like zh-min-nan? In particular, would content ever be tagged as
precisely zh-min rather than the more specific zh-min-xxx or the more
generic zh?

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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