Request for variant subtag: western

Michael Everson everson at
Tue Aug 29 23:42:30 CEST 2006

I don't like this kind of thing at all. There are many compass 
directions and subdivisions thereof (North by Northwest etc), and 
there are hills and valleys and there are various levels of altitude. 
There is Hill Mari and Forest Mari. This list of vague generic 
(sub)tags like this is pretty endless.

At 14:30 -0700 2006-08-29, Mark Davis wrote:
>1. Name of requester:  Mark Davis
>2. E-mail address of requester: 
><mailto:mark.davis at>mark.davis at 
><mailto:cowan at>
>3. Record Requested:
>   Type: variant
>   Subtag: western
>   Description: Western
>   Prefix: hy
>   Comments: This variant refers to a dialect of the given prefix 
>that is common distinguished by the term "Western". An example is 
>Armenian. Where this variant can meaningfully be applied to other 
>languages, additional prefixes may be added in the future.
>4. Intended meaning of the subtag:
>This variant subtag can be used to distinguish dialects, in cases 
>where those dialects are commonly referred to as a "Western" form. 
>For example, Armenian has dialects commonly referred to as Eastern 
>and Western. Additional prefixes can be added in the future where 
>the term "Western" can also be meaningfully used to distinguish 
>among dialects of those prefixes.
>5. Reference to published description
>   of the language (book or article):
>Ietf-languages mailing list
>Ietf-languages at

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