LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM: pinyin
doug at ewellic.org
Sat Aug 2 03:15:59 CEST 2008
CE Whitehead wrote:
> Hi, I am not sure that the purpose of my email was to describe the
> correct use of suppress script but rather was to say that I felt
> zh-Latn was probably the best prefix as suppress-script (correct me if
> I am wrong) could not be used with a variant subtag to indicate the
You don't "use" Suppress-Script in a language tag. You either use a
script subtag as part of your tag, or you do not, and if the content
being tagged is written in the script identified in the LSR as the
Suppress-Script for that language, then under most circumstances, it is
best not to use the script subtag.
> I still support zh-Latn as the prefix; I agree with Addison that
> multiple prefixes are possible, and I am not wholly against allowing
> multiple--it adds nothing to the distinction between the two
> Romanizations to say that the prefix is zh-Latn as the prefix for both
> is zh-Latn.
Whatever the prefix/es is/are for 'pinyin', they should be the same for
'wadegile'. So nothing about the script subtag, or absence of such,
adds anything to the distinction between Hanyu Pinyin and Wade-Giles --
that's presumably why Mark wants the variants.
>>> The solution would be to use suppress-script except that that is
>>> used only for language subtags, not for variant subtags.
>>> A suppress-script for the language part of the tag, zh , that would
>>> work here--because Latin is clearly not the default script for zh.
> This is not an accurate depiction of the purpose or use of
> Oops. I thought suppress-script was used for the most commonly used
> script on the internet--so that that script subtag could optionally be
> omitted from the tag and still understood to be the script.
That's correct, although not necessarily "on the Internet." What I
didn't understand was what the presence or absence of a Suppress-Script
for Chinese has to do with using the script subtag 'Latn' in the Prefix
field for these variants. Obviously if a language has romanizations,
then it would not have a Suppress-Script of 'Latn'.
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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