Proposed new variant subtag: pre1917

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Wed Sep 8 14:58:53 CEST 2010

On 09/08/2010 10:57 AM, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 8 Sep 2010, at 08:44, Avram Lyon wrote:
>> For my purposes, I really just need to be able to mark texts that use the post-1917 orthography, but since that is the current orthography, I can't very well insist that the tagging of all Russian texts produced today employ a variant subtag.
>> The problem is that there are additional orthographic changes in the 18th century, after Peter's 1708 reforms, as some of the letters abolished in 1708 were re-added by the mid-1700s. Additionally, more letters fell into disuse before 1917.
> So you have Peter 1708, something 1750, and something with more disused letters, in addition to modern post-1917 orthography. So you need three subtags.

Just name them by the charset. Like "44 letters" 


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