Registration request for new variant subtag; Anii, Balanka

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Fri Feb 7 19:43:59 CET 2014

My collaborators in Benin can accept "balanka" as the subtag. The value is
not so important, and to use "balanka" could be good as you can look at it
and see directly which Anii dialect the code is about.

Also, they wonder if this subtag can be used later for LibreOffice or
Ubuntu? They are preparing a spell-checking database that
is hunspell-compatible. Will this "Balanak" subtag be used for all
softwares, or only internett? As I only work on a website myself, I'm not
sure if this register is also used for softwares?

2014-02-05 17:44 GMT+01:00 Doug Ewell <doug at>:

> Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:
> >> the four Cornish orthographic variants ('kkcor', 'kscor', 'uccor',
> >> 'ucrcor') have been given this wart/feature.
> >
> > KK, KS, UC, and UCR are too short.
> Well, of course they are. And at the time (September 2008), you
> established with the user community that these four orthographies were
> most commonly known by those abbreviations. And so we went with them,
> with "cor" tacked on to make them long enough.
> Early Modern English got 'emodeng' because there was concern -- more or
> less justifiable -- that users would abuse 'earlymod' to mean Early
> Modern Italian, or Early Modern Chocangacakha, or whatever. Such abuse
> would violate the principle that a variant should have essentially one
> meaning, and it was decided that concepts like "early modern" are too
> broad for this. So, fine, 'emodeng'.
> For most other cases, when the "obvious" subtag choice is syntactically
> long enough and the risk of abuse is not apparent, it seems (to me)
> unnecessary and gratuitous to incorporate the language into the value of
> the subtag. If there is little likelihood of users hijacking 'balanka'
> for languages other than Anii, then there is no reason to try to enforce
> this in the subtag value. "Prefix: blo" is sufficient for this.
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA
> | @DougEwell ­
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