Request for variant subtag fr 16th-c 17th-c
everson at evertype.com
Fri Dec 15 11:20:05 CET 2006
At 23:09 -0800 2006-12-14, Randy Presuhn wrote:
>It appears to meet the requirements from RFC 4646. The argument
>against these specific registration requests seems to be that
>the language in question is insufficiently distinct from today's
It seems vague to me. 16th-century implies dates in terms of
generative subtags, so I don't really want to go there. Is 16siecl
"better"? I don't know.
>However, it seems to me that the distinction is at least
>as great as that involved in "OED" English.
Not so, this is a precise editorial practice.
>The point is that someone working with these language variants believes he has
>a legitimate need to distinguish these variants, and believes that
>the distinction should be available to others.
Well, not to prejudice the present discussion, that opens the door to
a lot of loonies. :-)
>Unless the participants on this list believe the request identifies
>the same language variant as an existing subtag, if the request is
>the references are in order, I think we should accept it, although
>I also think that using a string that doesn't have generic connotations
>might shorten the discussion.
It seems to me that this is Late Middle French or Early Modern
French. I would be more comfortable with a tag that pointed to a
particular orthographic authority, such as a dictionary. That is what
en-GB-oed does, and de-1901 and de-1996 do.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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