Language subtag modification form for 1694acad (Was: Flavors of Hepburn)

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Oct 7 05:41:23 CEST 2009

CE Whitehead wrote:

>> I wouldn't think the concept of "early modern" French, the language, 
>> necessarily has anything to do with the concept of "early modern" 
>> France, the country.
> Actually the dates for both Early Modern France and Early Modern 
> French literature seem to be roughly the same; I checked google--and 
> the literature that is associated with "Early Modern French" is 
> generally literature from the Renaissance and 17th century!

It's entirely possible that the dates coincide, but that doesn't mean 
the histories are related, which was my point.

>> It depends on the application.  Mine displays comments when you click 
>> Validate.
> Thanks for this information.  Your application?  Written by ???

By me.  You type subtags or select descriptions from lists, and the 
program puts them together properly and declares the tag valid or not 
valid, and advises you of "valid but questionable" tags like "iw" and 
"en-Latn" and "fr-scouse".  Among other things, the validation display 
shows any Comments fields associated with each subtag.

Right now it uses a DLL pre-built from the Registry as its repository. 
I'm not happy with that, and need to rework it to read the Registry 
directly.  It has other problems that have prevented me from 
distributing it.

> Is description field automatically displayed for your application?
> If so, then maybe the description field is a good place to put, "as 
> catalogued in the 1694 edition of the 'Dictionnaire de l'acad�mie 
> fran�oise'."
> But so long as this information is in the comments field . . .
> I think we can leave things as they are for now.

I suggest we leave things as they are until there is a bit more evidence 
that a problem exists.

> Best,
> C. E. Whitehead
> cewcathar at
> ...
> NOTES on the dates encompassed by "Early Modern French"

When you post additional material after your signature, you run the risk 
that people will stop reading after the signature and will miss the 
material.  But since I did not stop reading, I noticed this passage:

> of course, some of the features of Early Modern French do not 
> disappear until sometime in the 18tth century whereas others disappear 
> by the end of the 17th century

which proves my point yet again that associating EMF with specific 
start/end dates is misguided.

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