no linguistic content tag (was RE: Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script)

Addison Phillips addison.phillips at
Wed Jun 15 21:18:04 CEST 2005

"No linguistic content" as opposed to the empty tag, that is, a declaration of the content not being composed of natural language?

I'm not sure I like the idea. The empty tag, while not quite the same level of declaration, implies this well-enough. We already have troublesome codes like MUL and UND. A "NOT" code would represent Yet Another Special Code. I like the empty tag much more for a situation like this. "Information items" that contain natural language generally should be separate from non-language bearing items.

Imagine "not-Latn-DE-1996"..... :-(


Addison P. Phillips
Globalization Architect, Quest Software
Chair, W3C Internationalization Core Working Group

Internationalization is not a feature.
It is an architecture. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Constable
> Sent: 2005?6?15? 11:46
> To: ietf-languages at
> Subject: RE: Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script
> > From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> > bounces at] On Behalf Of Karen_Broome at
> > (Peter, should I just send my Excel spreadsheet in text format to the
> list
> > for discussion or is it fairly obvious stuff for this group?)
> Well, there were a number of issues we went over, including various
> things in the file you sent me that needed to be changed, or that
> required registration of a tag. If you've made corrections, then you
> could extract the items for which you still need a solution (were there
> any that you're not already pursuing? *) and put those into an email for
> people here to discuss. Sending the file you sent me, though, would
> create a lot of unnecessary noise on this list, I think.
> *I've floated the idea with the ISO 639/RA-JAC of adding a
> special-purpose ID for "n/a -- no linguistic content" cases.
> Peter Constable
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