Language subtag modification form for 1694acad (Was: Flavors of Hepburn)
doug at ewellic.org
Thu Oct 8 14:52:46 CEST 2009
CE Whitehead <cewcathar at hotmail dot com> wrote:
> If the language subtag registry gets too cumbersome and you need to
> index it and want help, let me know.
I don't think the Registry is "cumbersome" in the sense that it is
harder to work with than it should be. It's a large file, but there are
a lot of languages and scripts and countries in the world.
>> It's entirely possible that the dates coincide, but that doesn't mean
>> the histories are related, which was my point.
> Basically "Early Modern" here means after the Middle Ages, and before
> the nineteenth (and maybe the eighteenth) century, whether we are
> talking about language, literature, national history. That's my
> interpretation of the term.
That's fine, but if one is looking for precise dates to identify that
such-and-so language variation was in use from this date to that date,
it doesn't accomplish anything to note that such-and-so period in a
country's history occurred from this date to that date. The concepts
are just not that closely related, and as your research has shown, Early
Modern French in particular simply does not "end" at a particular point
in time. I think we agree in principle on this point, and I don't wish
to belabor it further.
> I could not find the URL for it at your site. Sorry, I tried to link
> to it but it was not there.
As I said later, it's not publicly available due to some issues that
have caused me to be dissatisfied with it. I could send it to you
off-list, but I don't want the issues to turn into a support burden; I'd
rather get it right next time.
> Some day it might be nice to just get the registry indexed so that it
> can be accessed just a part at a time (2-char language codes, 3-char
> language codes, script codes, country codes, variant codes,
> grandfathered subtags . . .)
> (But it would have to be an HTML or an XHTML and not simply a simple
> text index . . . )
> If you want help with this . . . at any time.
The IANA Language Subtag Registry is a data source. To the extent it is
incorporated into software, it is up to each developer or team to make
the Registry and their code work together, including indexing the
Registry data as needed. Indexing of this sort is an
I don't think I expressed that the job was somehow beyond me or too big
for me. I built both the initial RFC 4646 Registry and the initial RFC
5646 Registry (both before the incremental changes discussed on this
list) and wrote several programs to help index and otherwise manage the
data during the Internet-Draft stages of these two documents.
Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | http://www.ewellic.org
RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14 | ietf-languages @ http://is.gd/2kf0s
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