Zinh - Code for inherited script

Mark Davis mark at macchiato.com
Thu Feb 26 16:45:29 CET 2009

We decided long ago we would not cherrypick.

   8.   Codes assigned by ISO 639, ISO 15924, and ISO 3166 that do not
        conflict with existing subtags of the associated type and whose
        meaning is not the same as an existing subtag of the same type
        are entered into the IANA registry as new records.

There is no use for zinh, but there is no use for many, many codes. That is
left up to guidance on usage.


On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:04, Tex Texin <textexin at xencraft.com> wrote:

> John,
> Well yes and no. If it doesn't support the purposes of BCP 47 why do it?
> In  a string of say Cyrillic where these characters were used it would be a
> mistake to segment the string to tag individual characters with Zinh. (But
> people will do it.)
> If someone is writing code to process text, they don't need this either as
> they can use Unicode properties and/or their own internal labels.
> Why introduce labels for programming mechanisms that are not really needed
> for language tagging?
> Why add unnecessary complexity?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at ccil.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:12 PM
> To: Tex Texin
> Cc: 'Randy Presuhn'; ietf-languages at iana.org
> Subject: Re: Zinh - Code for inherited script
> Tex Texin scripsit:
> > What is the point of having it at all?
> As I say, it's used to tag individual characters with a script.  It serves
> no purpose in BCP 47.
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