Last call: Latvian (and Bontok) extlang subtags
everson at evertype.com
Tue Feb 9 10:35:50 CET 2010
On 9 Feb 2010, at 01:58, Peter Constable wrote:
> As for changing the scope of lv / lav to macrolanguage, you (/ we)
> should have commented when the matter was up for public review.
I did over on the 639 list. I commented on Estonian too.
> On a related note, I'm preparing a doc from the Unicode Consortium
> to TC 37 covering a couple of areas of concern, one of them being
> changing the scope of existing coded language entities to
> macrolanguage: we are proposing principle that this not be done in
> the future. The basic rationale is as follows:
> A) it creates representation issues in that (i) we end up with
> multiple representations (e.g., Latgalian denoted by either "ltg" or
> "lav"), and (ii) we end up with ambiguous categories (e.g., "bnc"
> can be used for five distinct things); and
> B) On the one hand, in a case like Bontoc (at the less-well-
> documented / less-developed end of the spectrum) there is little
> previous usage of the candidate ID, so a lower cost to simply adding
> the new entities with no macrolanguage mappings and simply
> recommending people use those; and on the other hand, in a case like
> "Latvian" (at the well-established end of the spectrum) in which
> there is a lot of existing usage, the vast majority of which will be
> for the "standard" variety, the change has too much associated risk
> for widespread implementations which now have to deal with the
> issues mentioned in (A).
Zounds, Peter. This doesn't meta-blather help me in the least bit.
Have I not been clear about the problem I have?
I cannot apply linguistic criteria to make this decision, yet I am
obliged to make a decision. I am to apply quantitative criteria and I
have no reliable data, merely hearsay. And clever people like you and
Martin aren't helping me. You're talking about "the big picture" in
nice vague brushstrokes.
I can approve both. In fact, I did, and people yelled at me.
I can approve neither. Will anyone yell at me?
I can do what John wants, since he's the only one who has got off the
fence and given an actual opinion.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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