Preferred Values for Irregular Tags
Mark Davis ☕
mark at macchiato.com
Wed Jan 20 02:58:36 CET 2010
Now that the dust has settled with BCP47, I'd like to revive the older
discussion (from the Ltru list) of what to do with the grandfathered codes
that have no PreferredValue. After that discussion, I can file some forms
based on the result.
Why do this? Well, at Google we convert anything that has an irregular
format to a regular format. The vast majority of the grandfathered codes can
be converted, but these few outliers can't. So our choices are to map to the
"closest" real code, or toss the information. No matter that these are of
very little importance, we'd like not to toss information. My suggestions
are indicated with with ***; other suggestions are welcome.
***Preferred-Value: xtg // most likely Gaulish being meant
Description: English, Oxford English Dictionary spelling
***Preferred-Value: en-oxedict // with proposed new variant
Description: Default Language
***Preferred-Value: und // I doubt that this group would approve this, but
it is probably what we'll map to, so just FYI
***Preferred-Value: xxx // Ask for new code from 639-3. This is a bizarre
invented language, but there is precedent for invented languages.
***Preferred-Value: see-mingo // Ask for new variant from this group
Description: Min, Fuzhou, Hokkien, Amoy, or Taiwanese
***Preferred-Value: nan // since nan includes Min Chinese
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