Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script

Michael Everson everson at
Thu Jun 16 09:35:55 CEST 2005

At 08:23 +0100 2005-06-16, Debbie Garside wrote:
>You miss the point Peter... 639 is about language identifiers

Yes, it is. The codes represent the names of languages. You can apply 
those codes to books, for instance, or to CDs, to indicate the 
language used in those materials. A tag to indicate that the material 
has no linguistic content could be useful. Note: useful.

ISO 15924 offers codes to represent the names of scripts. Three 
special codes are also given, one to indicate that a material is in 
an undetermined script, one to indicate a script that is uncoded, and 
one --oddly-- to indicate a language which is unwritten. I don't know 
if these codes have been used by any one, but they are not harmful.

My mistake. Zyyy Code for undetermined script has been used by the 
Unicode Consortium as equated to the Common script property.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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