Machine Translation

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Sep 11 15:13:23 CEST 2009

Felix Sasaki <felix dot sasaki at fh dash potsdam dot de> wrote:

>> The problem with this is that it applies to XLIFF (XML Localization 
>> Interchange File Format) only. A language tag extension, in contrast, 
>> can be used anywhere language tags can already be used.
> Yes, but in XLIFF it is a common to store such information in a 
> separate field, that is not as part of a language identifier (which 
> are used as well in XLIFF, via xml:lang). Having a language identifier 
> with similar information would create confusion.

The same argument was made against script subtags during the development 
of RFC 4646.

> I did not propose the table as an input for variant subtags. I rather 
> think that people who mostly need the use case discussed in this 
> thread (the localization industry) lalready have the means the need - 
> they just do not rely on language tags for the purpose of identifying 
> machine translated content.

In fact, the thread started with someone saying they did not have a 
means to identify machine-translated content, and were looking to 
language tags to fill the void.

Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
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