Language tag too specific

Mark Davis ☕ mark at
Tue Mar 19 15:58:43 CET 2013

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:

> John's point may have been that other algorithms aren't necessarily the
> best for all purposes either. In some usage environments, it might well
> be appropriate to identify a language with the single most populous
> country where it is spoken. Other environments might note that the U.S.
> accounts for only 22% of English speakers worldwide (Wikipedia), and
> might interpret the concept of "generic English" differently.
> If the draft did allow both "en" and "en-US", it should specify how
> matching or fallback are to be applied: using RFC 4647 or some
> tailoring, using the LDML approach, or whatever, and not leave the user
> to guess.

​Yes, I agree that without more information about the interpretation of the
codes, it is pretty much impossible to guess at how to get desired results.​

Mark <>
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