LANGUAGE TAG REGISTRATION FORM: iu-Cans
everson at evertype.com
Fri Feb 18 12:52:45 CET 2005
At 22:34 -0800 2005-02-03, Peter Constable wrote:
>Also, I think the reluctance to register a tag like iu-Cans-CA is
>mistaken on other grounds: we are not obligated to determine that every
>valid tag denotes something distinct from every other valid tag.
We are not? ISO 639 does, and this RFC is an extension of that.
>I suspect that there's no distinction between fr-CI and fr-GH, but
>both are valid tags, and probably in use somewhere.
>And note that, while I think there's no distinction, someone else
>may determine, for whatever reason, that they think they need to
>distinguish something in this way.
At least there's a distinction between -CI and -GH. There is no
distinction between Cans and Cans-CA, since Cans isn't used anywhere
>The important thing for us is not to establish precisely what every
>distinction is (an endless task involving an ever-changing domain over
>which different interpretations are possible), but rather to ensure that
>the intended meaning of any tag is understood by all and for which it is
>clear, to some minimal level, how to utilize it.
I thought the point was to register things that people need to make
distinctions. You know. Distinctions. Like Scouse isn't standard
English, so it needs a tag. Like Inuktitut in Syllabics isn't just
Inuktitut, so it needs a tag. But there's no difference between
Inuktitut in Syllabics and Inuktitut in Syllabics in Canada, so why
would you need that tag?
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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