Request for new language tag variant.

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Thu Apr 2 18:33:34 CEST 2015

It was an example, I don't remember where I may have seen that...  Often the strange tags I've seen aren't conformant.  I assume it's because whomever enabled the localization realized it wasn't "real" and didn't know how it was supposed to work.  Perhaps they have code that presumes the first bit has to be 2 or 3 characters?


-----Original Message-----
From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Doug Ewell
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2015 9:28 AM
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Subject: Re: Request for new language tag variant.

Markus Scherer wrote:

> Funny as it is for April 1, Google has a little bit of support for 
> that via and it would be kind of 
> handy if we could use a real language tag.

Shawn Steele wrote:

> I, personally, have encountered stuff tagged with xx-pirate or some 
> such far more often that I’ve seen –oed, for example.

Just wondering why folks would prefer "xx-pirate", which isn't BCP 47-compliant, over "x-pirate" or "en-x-pirate", which are.

Avast ye scalawags,

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO 🇺🇸 ☠

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