Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Sat Apr 23 20:50:21 CEST 2016

Ø  Are you planning to use that tag youself? Or why do you care that someone else gets a tag they need? It is optional for any application to support BCP47 language subtags. And I'm not interested to wait into a potential eternity for the code. People can of course always create their own private subtags, but that will of course become a complete showstopper for anyone that want to develop localization data, and prevent Elfdalian from digital development.

That sort of proves my point.  If the users in need of Elfdalian are aware of a private tag used by some provider of appropriate data, then the community can use that tag.  It can even be localized, at least on some systems.

Either way, if there is a private use, or “official” hacked tag, then when the correct language tag becomes available systems have to migrate.  My experience has been that changing tags is often somewhat painful, particularly when different parts of the system have to agree on the change.  At that point, since it doesn’t matter if it’s some private use tag shared amongst the community, I’d prefer to wait for a real ISO 639 tag.

Additionally, if we create a tag and then ask ISO for a tag, that might give them a reason to say “see, you don’t really need it.”


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