Latvian extlang subtags

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Sun Jan 24 00:57:56 CET 2010

Hi -

> From: "John Cowan" <cowan at>
> To: "Kent Karlsson" <kent.karlsson14 at>
> Cc: <ietf-languages at>; "Doug Ewell" <doug at>
> Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:26 PM
> Subject: Re: Latvian extlang subtags
> But not arbitrarily selected, rather selected on the criteria that (a)
> the macrolanguage subtag had been widely used in IT and (b) there was
> a single dominant variety.  Latvian qualifies on both counts.

(a) was certainly a consideration.
As far as I can recall, (b) was not.  I do not know why (b) would have been
a valid criterion.  We would (I believe) have come to the same conclusion
regarding 'zh' regardless of the Cantonese:Mandarin ratio.


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