Registration of el-Latn language tag

John.Cowan jcowan at
Wed Sep 28 16:15:22 CEST 2005

Harald Tveit Alvestrand scripsit:

> >Is there a most likely, or most expected scenario if one requests or
> >receives el-Latn?
> >If I wanted to select a spell checker or othography, what would I look
> >for?
> that kind of question is why I don't like generative tags.... at the 
> moment, I think we should bow to the consensus of the community and say 
> "it's Greek, and the script is Latin; for all other properties - guess".

This is really no worse than that of any language that lacks a fully
standardized orthography.  Navajo has plenty of documents, enough to justify
an ISO 639-1 code, but the various mixtures of English-based transcription
and the Americanist variant of IPA used in writing it would make the way of a
computerized spelling checker hard indeed.  Now there is a standard orthography,
but it is probably not yet the majority orthography.

John Cowan  jcowan at
Rather than making ill-conceived suggestions for improvement based on
uninformed guesses about established conventions in a field of study with
which familiarity is limited, it is sometimes better to stick to merely
observing the usage and listening to the explanations offered, inserting
only questions as needed to fill in gaps in understanding. --Peter Constable

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