Request for variant subtag: western
dewell at adelphia.net
Thu Aug 31 08:06:07 CEST 2006
For personal reasons, I haven't been able to keep up with the flood of
mails on this topic over the last two days. I apologize for any lack of
perspective that results.
Mark Davis <mark dot davis at icu dash project dot org> wrote:
> Comments: According to the specification, this subtag must
> only be used with the prefixes listed. When multiple
> prefixes are present, bear in mind that each is a distinct
> dialect of the respective language.
I'm strongly opposed to this type of long, generic comment being
attached to a variant subtag record. The rules stated here apply
equally to all variants and can be readily found in the RFC. I don't
see any benefit to repeating the rules for usage in one particular
subtag, as though they applied more in this case than for, say, "1901".
Besides which, the specification does NOT say that a given variant must
only be used with the prefixes listed. It says the prefixes listed
represent combinations that would be "suitable" or "meaningful" or
"appropriate." We may wish to strengthen this in 3066ter, but that is
not what is written in 3066bis.
Fullerton, California, USA
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