Doug Ewell dewell at
Tue Nov 28 09:00:28 CET 2006

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

>  Type: variant
>  Subtag: fonupa
>  Description: Uralic Phonetic Alphabet


>  Type: variant
>  Subtag: fonipa
>  Description: International Phonetic Alphabet

I support both of these proposed subtags, and will support other 
proposed variant subtags of the form "fonXXX" that systematically 
represent phonetic transcription systems.

This is the right solution.  We have expended a lot of effort and words 
trying to find a way to tag phonetic content (primarily IPA) and most 
solutions involve an ISO 15924 registration which is unlikely to happen, 
and/or a change in the RFC 4646 syntax which would be completely 
unjustified.  Processes that could be expected to recognize a "Latp" 
script subtag and act accordingly can just as easily be made to 
recognize a "fonipa" variant subtag and act accordingly.

This struggle over IPA and friends has taken center stage over other 
discussion on this list, and has distracted valuable attention from the 
business of revising RFC 4646.  Please, let's agree on this approach and 
move on.

Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14

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