Request for variant subtag fr 16th-c 17th-c

CE Whitehead cewcathar at
Thu Dec 14 01:25:42 CET 2006



">I haven't followed this closely but I believe there was mention in one of 
>Whitehead's letters of possible application to English. And from that,
>apparently, there were other thoughts offered - positive and negative - re
>use of such century tags."

I have revised my ideas about applying these tags to English in my second 
request--as I decided the century dates did not quite apply to English, that 
Elizabethan was more appropriate for defining English.

Also, regarding the following:
">I'm admittedly not an expert in this, but it seems that in a working
>environment where English clearly dominates (bon gré, mal gré), any
>generic-looking descriptor in that language might easily be taken as
>something that could be applied (or misapplied) in other contexts. That
>might have a few advantages but it might also skew potential solutions in
>some cases, and sooner or later would turn into a boundary to argue over (à
>la "can't you just use 17thc for that?")."

"I probably should read the RFCs more closely but is there any guideline or
>suggestion that subtags in general should be in the language they are
>describing (to the extent feasible; one realizes that transcriptions of
>non-Latin scripts into ASCII may present problems)? This was the solution 
>the case of Armenian, for example. It doesn't seem to make much sense to 
>English to describe variants within other languages when there are terms in
>the languages themselves that do this perfectly well."

I have skimmed the whole of RFC4646 many times, and have gone through all 
the sections including the references; I am still trying to find the 
recommendation that tags represent as close as possible to the name of the 
language used by its speakers; but that makes sense to me; English is a 
lengua franca on the web but it is not the only language of the web. So I 
stand corrected in my choice of tags!

I like 16esiecl and 17esiecl for the time being.

But if everyone prefers
16mes & 17mes

let me know!


--C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar at

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