Wikimedia language codes

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Nov 13 17:37:44 CET 2006

Peter Constable scripsit:

> Correction: Note that "zh-min-nan" is a grandfathered tag. It should be
> zh-min-nan-Latn (or, if it is written in Latin in the vast majority of
> cases, then zh-min-nan can be used.)

Correction to the correction:  zh-min-nan-Latn is an invalid tag
in both RFC 4646 and RFC 4646bis.  You cannot add generative subtags
to irregular grandfathered tags.

RFC 4646bis will retain zh-min-nan for backward compatibility, but
will add zh-nan as a fully generative language subtag.

John Cowan  cowan at
The penguin geeks is happy / As under the waves they lark
The closed-source geeks ain't happy / They sad cause they in the dark
But geeks in the dark is lucky / They in for a worser treat
One day when the Borg go belly-up / Guess who wind up on the street.

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