Registration request for new subtags for Portuguese orthographies

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Sat Mar 21 17:38:08 CET 2015

> what's stopping zoologists from encoding unicorns as viable or possible animals?

Not a great analogy; unicorn is defined in most English dictionaries.  Were zoologists to find even a single example of a unicorn, I'm pretty sure they would classify its taxonomy.  We have (more than) one example, because there's a document describing the orthography.

There are other mythical animals in our registry anyway.

> I understand that some of your correspondents may feel that the level of scrutiny you are using regarding the Portuguese spelling reform is higher than in other instances, but the FACT is that there was never such a useless and botched spelling reform as this one in the civilized world. 

I'm not qualified to debate that, however, in the RFCs that created the registry I see no indication that prohibits subtags from being registered for useless or botched variants.  (Indeed, that would seem to me to be a great reason to tag them).  Nor do I see a requirement that subtags can only represent concepts that are mathematically perfect.  (Again, imperfection would seem to me a good enough reason to tag them).

That there are users interested in using (any) subtag should be sufficient for its creation.  In this case we apparently have at least two groups interested in using the subtags.


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