Status of recent proposals

CE Whitehead cewcathar at
Tue Oct 5 05:48:02 CEST 2010

Hi all
Peter Constable petercon at 
Fri Oct 1 22:45:46 CEST 2010 
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Kent Karlsson
>>> 4.  Wolof Suppress-Script
>>> This was proposed by Peter (with form) on September 19.  Peter noted 
>>>that a convention exists for writing Wolof in the Arabic script, 
>>>making the Latin Suppress-Script field inappropriate.  There was no 
>>>objection from the list on removing this field.
>> That "a convention exists for writing Wolof in the Arabic script" is very far from denying that "the overwhelming majority of documents in Wolof are written in the Latin script". The former may well be true without in any way diminishing the truth of the latter. For this suppress-script to be removed, I'd like to see a convincing argument that the latter statement isn't true.
> I've already explained this: it's not just that somewhere someone defined "a convention"; the Senegal Ministry of Education is evidently producing curriculum for Wolof in Arabic script. I would have cited a second source for this, produced by the MoE and in this orthography, but I only had a picture of the Arabic-script title and was not confident in my ability to reproduce the text accurately.

I have slightly mixed feelings about the evidence presented to date.  However, if I can help in any way -- send me the book title image if it's not too lare a file (I have a mini mini, very small computer; it won't download everything) and I'll do what I can to get it into unicode Arabic characters -- if you think that would help/that I might be a help.  (And I'll try to be prompt; I am mostly out-of-town out-of-range of the internet at the moment but think I can do this if you get something to me by Tuesday)
--C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar at 
> As I recall, the idea of using suppress-script came from me. Suppress-script was intended for cases in which the overwhelming majority of content, and any case in which a government is producing curriculum for a given language in a second script is clearly to be excluded from use of suppress-script.
> Peter 		 	   		  

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