Reshat Sabiq's requests for two Tatar orthographic variants

CE Whitehead cewcathar at
Tue Dec 12 18:07:34 CET 2006

Hi, the USSR does not use primarily a Latin Script but a variant of the 
Greek alphabet so I'm confused as to how Latin is redundant?   Some of the 
Greek and Old English characters are included of the Latin-1 character set  
(I guess Old English is more or less accommodated by Latin 1).
The Russian alphabet is Cyrillic.

But it is no longer called the USSR which is a political name that was 
correct till the 90's; today there is the Russian Federation plus.

So I do not know what the name should be.

--C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar at

>From: "Doug Ewell" <dewell at>
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>Subject: Re: Reshat Sabiq's requests for two Tatar orthographic variants
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>Reshat Sabiq (ReÅŸat) <tatar dot iqtelif dot i18n at gmail dot com> wrote:
>>As far ussrlatn vs. janalif, i would appreciate a broader consideration, 
>>as the latinization wasn't undertaken for Tatar language specifically, but 
>>involved all other Turkic (or in that time's speak Turkic-Tatar 
>>languages), as well as many non-Turkic ones. I haven't submitted one for 
>>another language, but please consider what would you use if someone asked 
>>for a variant for Latin alphabet of that time for Qazaq, Uzbek, etc. 
>>Janalif stuck for Tatar, but i've not seen any such cute abbreviations for 
>>other languages, yet the context of the alphabets across all these 
>>languages (especially Turkic ones), is the same.
>If this proposal were to be accepted, the actual subtag that would be 
>assigned would be a relatively minor point.  It is just a string of 
>letters; the important thing is having a subtag at all to identify this 
>Assigning the string "janalif" would not, in and of itself, prevent the use 
>of this subtag with languages other than Tatar, if such usage was justified 
>(i.e. the Kazakh, Uzbek, etc. orthography was the same or almost the same 
>as that used for Tatar).
>I personally disliked "ussrlatn" because I thought "ussr" was political and 
>"latn" was redundant.
>Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14
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