Fixing the lost el-Latn

Doug Ewell dewell at
Sun Mar 26 21:24:38 CEST 2006

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

>> I really don't see what the problem is.  The standard (lowercase 's')
>> for Internet language tagging is now RFC 3066bis, which allows
>> "el-Latn" as a generative tag.  Only those applications that support
>> RFC 1766 and RFC 3066 registered tags, but do not support RFC
>> 3066bis, are affected by the failure of IANA to add "el-Latn" to the
>> tag registry.
> Which is to say, all of them.  Unfortunately, nobody can support RFC
> 3066bis, because it still has no official RFC number.

There are a great many applications that claim to support RFC 1766 and 
3066, but do not support registered tags.  These are the ones that 
understand "en", and "zh-CN", and maybe even "haw", but do not 
understand "en-boont" or "zh-Hant-CN", or cannot tell that "en-boont" is 
valid while "en-boons" is not.  That kind of application will not 
benefit from "el-Latn" being registered.  Ira's network-printer protocol 
is an example.

I do have an application that I claim supports RFC 3066bis (with or 
without an RFC number), because the document has been approved by IESG. 
However, I'm not releasing it until the RFC number is assigned.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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