Scottish English

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Oct 22 00:29:31 CEST 2005

Keld J?rn Simonsen scripsit:

> You are probably right, but I think that ISO 3166-2 looks like the most
> promising spec to use for further qualifying a territory, eg to specify
> a dialect. 
> Could it be a way forward to try to remedy the problems of ISO 3166-2
> that Mark and John mention?

I believe this to be nothing but a rathole.  Dialect boundaries are vague
things and don't match political boundaries with any reliability at all.
(This is equally true of national boundaries, but we've grandfathered those
in.)  Instead, we should register dialects using RFC 3066bis variant
subtags, which are tailored for the purpose.

Go, and never darken my towels again!           John Cowan
        --Rufus T. Firefly            

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