Modification Request: dsb et al. (Suppress-Script: Latn)

Doug Ewell dewell at
Sun Oct 21 20:22:22 CEST 2007

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> I am sure that Frisian uses Latin, which is the opinion I as reviewer 
> can offer. I don't really care whether it has a Suppress Script or 
> not. I certainly don't see a NEED for it (who is writing Frisian in 
> anything else?)

That is the best reason to register the Suppress-Script: if nobody is 
writing Frisian in anything but Latin, then tags like "fy-Latn" or 
"fy-Latn-XX" should be formally discouraged.  That is what 
Suppress-Script is all about.

Frank Ellermann <nobody at xyzzy dot claranet dot de> replied:

> The source I've checked states when Old-Frisian stopped to use Runic. 
> Suppress-Script helps that ignorant taggers like me get it right.  I 
> did NOT know that Cyrl or Glag are no and never were options for 
> Sorbian.

"Never were" is not a requirement for Suppress-Script, although there 
has been some debate over whether it should be.  Section 3.1, page 23 

"This field indicates a script used to write the overwhelming majority 
of documents for the given language and that therefore adds no 
distinguishing information to a language tag....  For example, virtually 
all Icelandic documents are written in the Latin script, making the 
subtag 'Latn' redundant in the tag 'is-Latn'."

This does not mean Icelandic has never been written in a script other 
the Latin.  Indeed, the existence of an Icelandic rune poem is 

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