language tag en-cutspell

Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Jun 22 19:27:12 CEST 2006

I agree. If someone is really intending to use the subtag, then we should register it unless we believe there is a better implementation to facilitate the need they are trying to address.

Of course, it may not be clear whether someone really intends to use the subtag or are simply requesting something on a lark. Registering a subtag that is only ever going to get used for one web page isn't useful, but we may not always be able to judge from a request if the tag isn't really going to get used.

Peter Constable

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of John Cowan
> Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 9:31 AM
> To: Addison Phillips
> Cc: ietf-languages at
> Subject: Re: language tag en-cutspell
> Addison Phillips scripsit:
> > The question is whether this orthography is suitably widely used or is
> just
> > a small group's fancy.
> Something in between, I'd say.  (Lots of variants, and for that matter
> languages, aren't widely used.)  The Simplified Spelling Society has
> been around for almost a century (it supports Cut Spelng, but not
> exclusively), so this is no flash in the pan.
> > It might be analogous to experimental encoding of
> > text in Unicode... that is, would it be worthwhile to suggest en-x-
> cutspell
> > first?
> The trouble with that is that we then get a mixture of en-x-cutspell
> and en-cutspell that has to be coped with till the end of time.
> In general, I think private-use subtags should only be recommended
> if we are rejecting a subtag definitively.
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