Proposed new subtags, when the time comes

Doug Ewell dewell at
Sat Dec 10 17:41:47 CET 2005

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

>> ... If the Reviewer approves a new subtag submitted in format (2),
>> he submits the new record to IANA in format (1).
> Um, that sucks. Currently the Reviewer receives a proposal and when
> he approves it he forwards it with very little editing to IANA. Is
> this to change?

This is to change.  The goal was to remove as much potential for 
transcription error from IANA as possible.  We know there have been 
cases where the information you submitted to IANA was inadvertently 
changed, and since implementers are expected to follow the registry, 
that would be a Bad Thing.  It was thought to be safer to give IANA a 
ready-to-eat record that they could just stick into the registry 

Making this process easier on IANA might also motivate them to update 
the registry very soon after receiving your submission.  Nobody likes 
having to write back to IANA and remind them.

I'm sure I'm not the only one, Michael, who would be willing to help you 
with administrative minutiae like this so you can focus on your main job 
of reviewing proposed subtags.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA 

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