recently-approved tags

John Cowan jcowan at
Tue Apr 12 15:50:16 CEST 2005

Michael Everson scripsit:

> Having said that, the rules had better be able to handle:
> zh-wuu-Hant-CN
> zh-min-nan-Hans-CN

Currently these tags are syntactically correct but have no defined
semantics.  The expectation is that the former will become valid when
ISO 639-3 reaches IS status, and that zh-nan-Hans-CN will be the valid
form of the latter, since "wuu" and "nan" are the 639-3 codes for Wu and
Minnan respectively.  The form zh-min-nan will continue to be valid as
an unproductive grandfathered form in any case.

> It would have been better had the standard been approved when it was 
> ready as opposed to being derailed on frivolous grounds.

On process grounds, rather.  Unfortunate, but there it is.

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Once put the rest of us dowan.          [on xml-dev]
    "Your verse would be sweeter
    If it only had metre      
And rhymes that didn't force me to frowan."     [overpacked line!] --Michael Kay

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