Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Feb 17 16:03:35 CET 2005

> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson

> >I have given you process reasons why deciding when a country ID is
> >or isn't warranted is not scalable.
> I don't know what "scalable" means. 

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> And apparently I do not understand what "process reasons" are.

Did you read what I wrote explaining this Feb 3?

> >I have also given you reasons with scenarios why country IDs may be
> >needed even if descriptively there are not known to be linguistic
> >differences between what is spoken/written in country X vs. country
> >Y.
> Yes, but language tags tag languages, and are not portmanteaux for
> the whole locale suite.

I gave you an explanation on Feb 12 of why something like mn-Mong-MN vs. mn-Mong-CN or fr-CI vs. fr-GH may well be needed by a user AS LANGUAGE TAGS, NOT AS LOCALE IDs. ISO 639-1, ISO 639-2 and RFC 3066 all make reference to combining country IDs with language IDs, without limitation on combinations, and they are not discussing locales.

> >Admittedly, I cannot give you a scenario in which iu-Cans-CA might be
> >needed since I am only aware of it being used in one country. But that
> >is the sole exception among all of the tags for which I submitted
> >registration forms.
> There is a difference between Mongolian written in Mongolian script
> in China and  Mongolian written in Mongolian script in Mongolia? What
> is the difference?

Please go back and read the explanation I gave on Feb 12.

Peter Constable

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