ID for language-invariant strings

Peter Constable petercon at
Sun Mar 16 10:53:29 CET 2008

> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Randy Presuhn
> Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 6:57 AM

> >From: Peter Constable...

> >Strictly speaking, these would be strings intended for programmatic
> >operation and not human consumption, and so, some might argue,
> >are not in scope for IETF language tags. However, these are
> >exceptional: almost all of the strings in the same table are
> >intended for human consumption, and RFC 4646 is the spec being
> >applied for identifying the language of strings in the table.
> >Moreover, the strings in question *are* (in general) in a human
> >language; they are just the values that are adopted to be used
> >for language-neutral referencing.
> ...
> I agree that there are situations where such a thing would be
> quite useful.  I've run into them many times myself.
> I'm open minded about possible solutions.

Randy, you haven't said anything since this initial comment. He's heard opinions for or against "zxx", "und" or a new tag. I'm curious to know what your thoughts are at this point.


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