Subtag for indicating "marked" text?

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Jul 6 22:51:27 CEST 2016

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Pinyin was one of the examples I was thinking of. Pinyin tones can be
> marked by diacritical marks or by digits. The odds are good that, given
> a 'marked' subtag, users would actually need to go further and specify
> which of the two methods is in use.

The problem with pinyin is that the form with diacritics is the unmarked
form; whenever pinyin is printed, that's how you see it.  Omitting
diacritics or using digits are basically input-method hacks.

John Cowan        cowan at
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        --James Lileks

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