lang ID for "*" (any language)
petercon at microsoft.com
Thu Jun 14 00:06:50 CEST 2012
Conceptually, there's a subtle difference between an absence of language qualifier, and "match any (else)" (= "*"). These two are variations of "generic"; "not yet determined" is clearly a distinct concept. However, it may be that there isn't a software resources/localization scenario in which these three things need to be differentiated.
So, maybe "und" could be good enough. (If I have to choose something that's available now, that's the best choice.) It would amount to as kind of aligning with CLDR and other application scenarios that treat "und" slightly differently than the librarians would: they'd use it to me 'we don't know', whereas the software loc world is using it to mean something more like 'we don't care'.
From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at ccil.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: June-13-12 12:29 PM
To: Peter Constable
Cc: Mark Davis ☕; Gordon P. Hemsley; ietf-languages at iana.org; Doug Ewell
Subject: Re: lang ID for "*" (any language)
Peter Constable scripsit:
> In software application localization, it seems pretty unlikely that
> anyone would have resources hanging around qualified as “und” with the
> meaning ‘some language we haven’t identified’. So, it could perhaps be
> used for the meaning ‘no language is specified’. But if one has a need
> to differentiate two distinct variations on that concept, then there
> might be a problem. We’re thinking that there can be use in
> distinguishing the concept ‘neutral (no information)’ from ‘can match
> any request with no better matching resource (else)’.
I'm not sure I follow you here. "Und" means that we have no information about language, and therefore must use a universal/generic approach (collate using untailored DUCET, for example). How is that different from "zzz" specifying that any language is a possibility here, and therefore we must use a universal/generic approach?
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