Fire the programmer (was: Re: Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian)

Luc Pardon lucp at
Fri Apr 29 19:21:03 CEST 2016

On 28-04-16 19:24, Shawn Steele wrote:
> As a one-liner, yea, it's exciting and points the finger at the application.
    That (the last part) was indeed what I wanted to say.

    Because that's where the finger should be pointing at.

> But that's being in a car wreck and blaming the other driver (or yourself).  Neither of you are going to get to work on time.

    That analogy assumes mutual damage and the possibility of mutual
errors and therefore does not apply here.

    The Y2K bug is a better analogy.

    Was the year 2000 blamed for triggering it? Of course not.

    Neither should this group be blamed if we correctly apply the BCP47
rules and thereby trigger pre-existing bugs in some language processors.

    In both cases it's a matter of dormant bugs in applications, and in
both cases it is the applications that need fixing. Not the calendar nor
the RFC.

> Some customers have the ability to just dump the app or fix the program, but many, probably very important, &/or vocal ones, aren't going to have that luxury.

    OK, understood, but why would they want to dump or fix anything?

    Your existing customers will not be affected if we introduce
5-letter subtags. They will not need them nor use them, they will
continue to process documents with 2 or 3-letter tags, the bug will not
bite them, and their life will be as beautiful as it was before.

   No car wrecks, and nobody late for work.


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