Suppress-Script for Korean?

Addison Phillips addison at
Tue Jul 24 20:23:48 CEST 2007

'Kore' is a new subtag. 'Hang' has existed for awhile. And I suspect but 
cannot prove that many Koreans will think of their language as being 
written in the Hangul script, whether it is purely Hangul or not.

If we suppress the wrong script, users might think that they have to 
identify "other" scripts, like 'Hang', by default. I think we should be 
very judicious about what we suppress, especially when there can be 
confusion. Besides, I'm not sure what adding 'Kore' achieves.


Randy Presuhn wrote:
> Hi -
>> From: "Addison Phillips" <addison at>
>> To: "Doug Ewell" <dewell at>
>> Cc: <ietf-languages at>
>> Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:18 AM
>> Subject: Re: Suppress-Script for Korean?
>>> Are there any objections to adding 'Kore' as a Suppress-Script for the
>>  > Korean language?
>> Yes. RFC 4646 only permits a single script to be suppressed. 'Kore' and 
>> 'Hang' both seem appropriate for suppression. Since it doesn't seem to 
>> be a big problem and plenty of languages don't suppress their scripts, I 
>> don't think we should add it at this time.
> ...
> I think "Kore" is the appropriate choice for suppression.  In the abstract,
> this might seem odd because the "Hang" is a proper subset of "Kore."
> However, if we think about the practical contexts of when something would
> be delibrately written only using "Hang," (rather than merely happening to
> have only "Hang" characters) I think the conclusion is that "Hang"
> is indeed the "marked" case.
> Since there already is a substantial body of tagged Korean text with no
> script subtag, and Korean texts of any substantial length are overwhelmingly
> "Kore", this seems to be exactly what Suppress-Script was intended to cover.
> Randy
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Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect -- Yahoo! Inc.
Chair -- W3C Internationalization Core WG

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