John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jul 31 21:51:28 CEST 2008

Phillips, Addison scripsit:

> Note: we can have both Prefixes. Variants are allowed to have multiples.
> I think requiring the use of the 'Latn' subtag goes against the spirit
> of one of the language tagging maxims, which is: only use a subtag if
> it adds information. In fact, I think that the 'Latn' subtag adds no
> information to 'pinyin' or, for that matter, 'fonipa'. We shouldn't
> try to use the registry to enforce the exact tag for every situation.

Fortunately, prefixes for variant tags are a SHOULD, not a MUST, so
there is no requirement/enforcement here.  On that understanding, and
for the sake of useful documentation, I'm currently okay with zh-Latn.

John Cowan   cowan at
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