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

Michael Everson everson at
Sat Dec 16 10:53:05 CET 2006

At 21:25 -0800 2006-12-15, Doug Ewell wrote:
>CE Whitehead <cewcathar at hotmail dot com> wrote:
>>Prefix: fr, frm
>One editorial note:
>A Prefix field can only contain one tag value, so this must be:
>Prefix: fr
>Prefix: frm
>and a substantive note:
>While I have no blanket objection to defining two Prefix values for 
>a variant, as long as the variant applies to both, CE has defined 
>both "fr" and ""frm" as the Prefix for these proposed subtags with 
>the express goal of flattening the distinction between these two 
>languages, which he views as one language, for searching and 
>retrieval purposes. It is not our job to reverse the decisions of 
>the ISO 639 experts as to "one language or two"; I doubt anyone can 
>find a previous instance in the past 11 years where we have done so. 
>I do not favor starting now.

I agree.
Michael Everson *

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