Sample IANA language subtag registry

Doug Ewell dewell at
Mon Jul 12 08:20:33 CEST 2004

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> I really don't know what it is you are trying to do any more.

I'm trying to build a prototype of the language subtag registry
described in Section 3.2 of draft-phillips-langtags-04.  That's all.  I
didn't invent it, although I do think it's a good idea.

> "Registered variants", "grandfathered things" (that is NOT a technical
> term), and now "superseded codes"?

Did I ever say "grandfathered things" in a technical context?

The comment "superseded RFC 3066 codes" is incorrect.  Appendix C refers
to superseding "tags."  I'll fix this in the header. I doubt that's what
Michael is upset about, though.

>> I added a batch of comments at the end to indicate the "superseded"
>> codes.  I still don't know if this is what Appendix C means by saying
>> that certain tags should be "marked as 'superseded'."
> Then what are they doing in your Registry?

It's my best guess as to what Addison and Mark meant by "marking" these
tags as superseded.  I wish someone would tell me what was really meant.

> It seems to me that there is something really very wrong with what is
> going on here.

I created the prototype with the intent of getting feedback on it as it
pertains to draft-04.  Maybe it will result in changes to draft-04
itself, or maybe not.  But I think apart from the "superseded" comments,
it is very much in keeping with what draft-04 says.

(quoting Mark Davis)
>> This is great work, Doug. Addison and I were gearing up to do it, so
>> it's wonderful that you've taken this on.
> I'm glad Mark understands Doug's work, then. Maybe he would like to
> be the reviewer?

Honestly, I don't see what the problem is from the standpoint of the
Language (Sub)tag Reviewer.  If I'm doing this initial setup correctly,
*it won't have to be done again*, which means a net increase of
practically zero in the Reviewer's workload.

There are maybe 6 or 8 changes per year, on average, in the three ISO
standards that will affect language tags.  People like me who use
WatchThatPage as our eyes and ears will be more than happy to notify
Michael that such a change needs to be made, so he doesn't have to worry
about keeping track of it.  Or, someone else could take on the role of
the dumb scribe and let Michael focus on being the expert reviewer.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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