Last call for ISO 15924-based updates

Lang Gérard gerard.lang at
Thu Mar 12 17:39:24 CET 2009

According to the GENUNG's Glossary (2002) "diacritic" (french "signe diacritique) is:
"A sign, usually small, placed above, below or across a letter or group of letters in order to change the phonemic value of the original letter(s), or to denote stress or tone, or to distinguish between two words".
So, I do not see how it could be possible to "tag diacritics only" without any reference to the "diacriticised letter(s)".
Maybe I do not understand, but I would like an explanation.
Gérard LANG 

-----Message d'origine-----
De : ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] De la part de John Cowan
Envoyé : jeudi 12 mars 2009 17:28
À : Doug Ewell
Cc : ietf-languages at
Objet : Re: Last call for ISO 15924-based updates

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> If you really want to see a comment added at this point, we need a 
> consensus quickly, or else a proposal to extend the review period.

Here's my terse proposal:

Comment: Used to tag diacritics only; not for use with documents.

Is there anyone who can't live with this?

John Cowan              cowan at
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