Language Variant subtags

Philip Newton philip.newton at
Mon Jul 5 18:46:38 CEST 2010

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 6:13 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> I agree with everything Philip Newton said about these proposals by Peter Scharf.  Some additions:
>> Variant subtags that begin with a letter must be between five and eight (inclusive) characters long, so "ve, cl, ep, bu" are not valid variant subtags. (They would be valid language subtags, and indeed ve = Venda.)
> In the position in which Peter proposed them, they would be valid region subtags (though not canonically cased)

Ah, right.

> In fact, 'vedic' and 'epic' and 'buddhist' might work as subtag values for three of these proposals.

"epic" would not; it would be a (non-canonically-cased) script tag,
since it has four letters.

Philip Newton <philip.newton at>

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