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

Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at
Thu Jun 16 08:42:14 CEST 2005

--On 15. juni 2005 12:18 -0700 Addison Phillips 
<addison.phillips at> wrote:

> "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.

I'm sure I don't like the idea.

This is another instance of using the language tag to make a statement 
about the content that is not about which language it has.

And anyone who's tried to debug code written by a Frenchman without knowing 
French will cheerfully contest the idea that programming language has no 
linguistic content :-)

But it's a 639 matter, not really an LTRU or ietf-languages matter, 


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