Request to register private-use variant subtags

Gordon P. Hemsley gphemsley at
Sat Mar 31 00:19:39 CEST 2012


Thanks for this. :)

Out of curiosity, why 'qx'? Is that less likely than 'qz' (or anything else)?


On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:
>   1. Name of requester: John Cowan
>   2. E-mail address of requester: cowan at
>   3. Record Requested:
>      Type: variant
>      Subtag: qxaaa..qx999999
>      Description: Private use
>   4. Intended meaning of the subtag:
>        All variant subtags beginning with the letters 'qx', with from 3
>        to 5 following letters or digits, are reserved for private use.
>        This is parallel to the existing reservations for language,
>        script, and region subtags, and serves the same purposes.
>   5. Reference to published description
>      of the language (book or article):  None
>   6. Any other relevant information:
>        The use of "-x-variant" is semantically equivalent to a
>        private variant subtag, but in a system where singletons (or
>        'x' specifically) are syntactically disallowed, private variant
>        subtags allow the creation of tags with identical syntax to those
>        using registered variant subtags.  2,238,974,784 subtags should
>        suffice for all purposes.
> --
> John Cowan <cowan at>   
> The peculiar excellence of comedy is its excellent fooling, and Aristophanes's
> claim to immortality is based upon one title only: he was a master maker
> of comedy, he could fool excellently.  Here Gilbert stands side by side
> with him.  He, too, could write the most admirable nonsense.  There has
> never been better fooling than his, and a comparison with him carries
> nothing derogatory to the great Athenian. --Edith Hamilton, The Greek Way
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