PROPOSAL: Remove Deprecation on "sh" in the IANA subtag registry

Doug Ewell doug at
Thu Aug 13 03:43:38 CEST 2009

"Phillips, Addison" <addison at amazon dot com> wrote:

> Mark is proposing to remove the Deprecated field since we don?t 
> provide one for any other macrolanguage and since the RFC-to-be 
> deprecates the use of macrolanguages in general. It isn?t like people 
> tagging Serbian or Croatian are going to be confused, I think.

See, now we're back to the macrolanguage argument.  I don't understand 
what "Scope: macrolanguage" has to do with whether a subtag can be 
deprecated or not.  It's not as if there are extlangs under 'sh'. 
Somebody please enlighten me.

> We can, of course, include a comment in the registry record explaining 
> things in this special case. Perhaps:
> %%
> Type: language
> Subtag: sh
> Description: Serbo-Croatian
> Added: 2005-10-16
> Scope: macrolanguage
> Comment: For most modern uses, the subtags for languages enclosed by 
> this macrolanguage
>      are usually preferred, cf. ?sr? (Serbian), ?hr? (Croatian), ?bs? 
> (Bosnian).
> %%

How about:

Comments: sr, hr, bs are preferred for most modern uses

unless the goal is to force users of the Registry to go back to ISO 
639-3 and learn what it means to be enclosed by a macrolanguage.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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