Proposal to add "Kore' as Suppress-Script for 'ko'

Doug Ewell dewell at
Tue Jul 10 08:27:22 CEST 2007

I'm surprised nobody else has proposed this by now.

1. Name of requester:  Doug Ewell
2. E-mail address of requester:  dewell at
3. Record Requested:

   Type: language
   Subtag: ko
   Description: Korean
   Suppress-Script: Kore

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

5. Reference to published description
   of the language (book or article):

6. Any other relevant information:
   This registration adds a Suppress-Script value of 'Kore' to the
   existing primary language subtag 'ko'.  No other changes are

This registration request differs from previous requests to retrofit 
Suppress-Script values onto existing language subtags: it is intended 
for purely practical reasons, not as a test or demonstration of 
anything.  Korean is spoken by an estimated 67 million native speakers 
(Ethnologue) and the 'ko' language tag is in widespread use.  The 
combination of Hangul and a smattering of Hanja is by far the most 
common way to write Korean, but it can also be written in pure Hangul 
(North Korea), in a choice of Latin-script transliterations, or even 
(with extreme difficulty) in pure Hanja.  Adding this Suppress-Script 
value for Korean is as sensible as having a Suppress-Script of Latin for 
English, or Cyrillic for Russian.

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

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