ID for language-invariant strings

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Mar 13 06:33:10 CET 2008

Peter Constable scripsit:

> The "i-default" tag is not appropriate for this: these are not default
> display strings. And "zxx" is not appropriate since, in fact, there
> is linguistic content. 

I think that either is quite defensible, although for "i-default" the
text must be intelligible to anglophones (as, I suppose, it in fact is).
Although these strings are not default *displays*, they are used in a
situation where locale information is irrelevant (as opposed to unknown).
As for "zxx", the fact that the strings are in natural language is as
irrelevant as the English origins of "if" or "O_RDONLY".

I agree that "mis" and "und" are inappropriate.

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