BCP47 Appeals process

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Wed Sep 17 21:24:24 CEST 2008

Yury Tarasievich scripsit:

> Now, I'd like somebody to confirm the notion of subtags having an 
> indepent scope of reference in the registry. People keep referring to 
> the Need of some universal accomodations for the rather unlikely (or 
> rare) events -- like of some national academy issuing the standard for 
> some other national language. Seems not so sensible to me, but possibly 
> it's In The Rules (or in the interpretations)?

It's a matter of existing practice in this mailing list, which is run
in a common-law fashion -- that is, precedents are important: though
they cannot override statute law, they do explain and clarify it in
binding ways.

Suppose that another orthography for French became widely popular on the
Internet or elsewhere, and it became useful or necessary to distinguish
between it and Academie Francaise orthography.  Then it might be sensible
to have these subtags:

        1835acad, the de facto current standard

        1990acad, the official, but mostly un-adopted, current Academie
        Francaise standard

        nouvel, the Nouvel Fransé orthography).

Yet these "xxxxacad" tags would have nothing to do with the Belarusian

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