staying on topic (was RE: language tag en-cutspell)

Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Jun 22 20:07:30 CEST 2006

Opinions about an orthography are different from opinions about suitability of a registration request. If we wanted to have discussions of the former type, we could certainly fill volumes ad nauseum doing so. I think to stay on topic we should try to limit ourselves to the latter.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
> Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:50 AM
> To: Doug Ewell; ietf-languages at
> Subject: Re: language tag en-cutspell
> At 10:42 -0700 2006-06-22, Doug Ewell wrote:
> >I thought our job as a reviewing list, and the Reviewer's as final
> >arbiter, was to evaluate the suitability of proposed subtags on the
> >basis of whether the entity being tagged is well-defined and
> >documented, and whether the subtag meets syntactic criteria, not
> >whether the entity is "appalling" or "ugly," or not "credible" or
> >"sensible."  I may have been mistaken.
> I still have my opinion.
> >Approving a subtag for registration that someone else has proposed
> >doesn't constitute "supporting" the entity itself, although I know
> >there are some people who see it that way.
> If en-cutspell goes forward, I would also like to see a tag for
> Regularized English, that's all I'm saying.
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