Disposition of hepburn?

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Sat Dec 12 18:27:16 CET 2009

Frank Bennett <biercenator at gmail dot com> wrote:

> I have posted for the deprecation of "heploc", but I am unsure what to 
> do with "hepburn".  Were I to start the process again from scratch, I
> would file for alalc97 only, and there would be no "hepburn" subtag. 
> However, "hepburn" potentially captures Japanese transliterations that 
> do not conform to the ALA-LC tables, so I am a little unsure of the 
> proper way forward.
> While deprecating this subtag outright is no problem for my own 
> purposes, I am not sure whether that is the right thing to do.  I will 
> be guided by advice from the list membership; if members feel that 
> deprecation is appropriate in this case, I will be happy to file the 
> papers.

I do not support the deprecation of 'hepburn' unless it is felt that no 
Hepburn-transliterated Japanese should be taggable except for that which 
uses the ALA-LC 1997 variant.  John's comment might be a good idea.

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