Phonetic orthographies

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Nov 11 09:18:36 CET 2006

Gerard Meijssen scripsit:

> Hoi,


> Actually, zh is only to be used within the confines of ISO-639-1 and 
> ISO-639-2. The new standard has zh and consequently zho marked as a 
> macro language. Making assumptions on the basis of the zh code is only 
> useful for the hopefully short period until the use of zh is only to be 
> used for historical reasons.

That turns out not to be the case.  According to the current plan
for the successor to RFC 4646 (the current version), the individual
languages encompassed by zh will be specified in the form zh-cmn,
zh-yue, zh-nan, etc. etc.

John Cowan  cowan at
Big as a house, much bigger than a house, it looked to [Sam], a grey-clad
moving hill.  Fear and wonder, maybe, enlarged him in the hobbit's eyes,
but the Mumak of Harad was indeed a beast of vast bulk, and the like of him
does not walk now in Middle-earth; his kin that live still in latter days are
but memories of his girth and his majesty.  --"Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"

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