Pointers from registry to documentation

Doug Ewell dewell at adelphia.net
Wed Jun 28 18:31:14 CEST 2006

Richard Ishida <ishida at w3 dot org> wrote:

> I have been given an action by the W3C Architecture Domain to request 
> that the language subtag registry at 
> http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry contain a 
> pointer to the document that explains what the field names mean.
> Would it be possible to include a comment at the top of the document 
> containing the URI of the spec?

Early "planning" versions of the Registry were in a 
vertical-bar-delimited format, not record-jar, and did contain a header 
comment explaining the nature of the file and describing the fields. 
When we switched to record-jar in April 2005, there was no provision for 
a file-level comment, only the "Comments:" fields that applies to 
individual records.  Around August, someone apparently proposed adding a 
file-level comment, but there was little support at the time for adding 
this.  I can't find the exact thread at the moment.

I think the general feeling was that the RFC should point to the 
Registry, not necessarily the other way around.

The LTRU Working Group could choose to reopen this topic at the time it 
revises RFC 3066bis to incorporate ISO 639-3-based subtags.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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