Registration request for new variant subtag; Anii, Balanka

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Sun Feb 2 14:28:31 CET 2014

Okay, so I think that at least in this case, where it is a officially a
standard based on one dialect, it is enough to register the variant that is
not the standard.

2014-01-30 Doug Ewell <doug at>:

> Mats Blakstad <mats dot gbproject at gmail dot com> replied to Peter
> Constable:
> >> If we have a variant subtag for this, would there also be a need for
> >> a variant subtag to denote the Bassila / “standard” variant?
> >
> > This will not be necessary. There is a standard orthography (based on
> > Bassila), so it should only be necessary to specify which the Anii
> > variant if it is not according to the standard.
> >
> > This is how I see it at least. However, as far as I know, IANA don't
> > have any guidelines if registering one variant also means that the
> > other variant should be registered?
> It wouldn't be an IANA guideline as such. It would be a combination of
> what is set out in RFC 5646 and the precedent(s) set by the Reviewer,
> more or less influenced by discussions on this list such as this one.
> RFC 5646 doesn't seem to specify anything about this; any such passage
> would probably be in Section 3.5 or 3.6.
> Previous discussions and decisions have gone both ways on this. Usually
> the discussion starts like this one: with a request to register a
> variant for the less-common dialect or variety, the one that really
> needs to be distinguished. Sometimes the decision has been made to
> register all known varieties (Belarusian, Russian, Volapük
> orthographies). Sometimes only the less-common variety has been
> registered (Basque, Catalan, English varieties). We don't, for example,
> have variant subtags for Modern English, for non-Scottish or
> non-Liverpudlian English dialects, or for non-Biscayan Basque dialects.
> Last November, for Kabuverdianu dialects, the original assumption was
> that only 'barla' (the less common variety) would be registered, but
> eventually an equal and opposite 'sotav' subtag was requested and
> registered as well.
> My opinion is that variants should be registered to solve actual tagging
> needs, not just to tile the plane. Variants for the "common" or
> "default" variety just create a divergent way to tag the most common
> content, such as tagging today's edition of Pravda as "ru-luna1918".
> However, there are plenty of other opinions on this, and ultimately the
> Reviewer's is the one that matters.
> --
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