[Ltru] Tagging of silent films

John.Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Wed Sep 28 20:34:32 CEST 2005

Karen_Broome at spe.sony.com scripsit:

> Randy raised the question about what home video software would do upon 
> finding the qsi tag. It's a point well-taken and I'll give it some 
> thought, but I'm wondering what the software would need to do if the film 
> is silent. Or is the suggestion that because it doesn't recognize the tag 
> it would get a headache and crash?

No software should ever assume that it has a comprehensive list of valid
langtags such that it can crash if it gets an unrecognized one.  Either it
should handle specially what it can, and treat all unrecognized languages
generically, or it should handle all languages generically.

John Cowan  jcowan at reutershealth.com  www.reutershealth.com  www.ccil.org/~cowan
Original line from The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold:
"Only on Barrayar would pulling a loaded needler start a stampede toward one."
English-to-Russian-to-English mangling thereof: "Only on Barrayar you risk to
lose support instead of finding it when you threat with the charged weapon."

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