Language for taxonomic names, redux

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Feb 22 22:49:29 CET 2017

Michael Everson wrote:

> If the requirement were tagging in order to provide support for text
> to speech, then “accent” would be a relevant factor vis à vis the
> locale subtags. la-DE-linnaeus would probably give a different result
> from la-US-linnaeus. And those people programming the text-to-speech
> engines would need to know about this.

That doesn't affect the registration, though. The subtag would have a
Prefix of "la", and text content intended for TTS conversion would be
tagged "la-DE-linnaeus" or "la-US-linnaeus" to request one of those
specific pronunciations, or just "la-linnaeus" if the exact
pronunciation doesn't matter as much as not treating it like the
surrounding text.

A Prefix of "la" includes by reference all prefixes starting with "la-"
except those containing another, conflicting variant. It's not necessary
to enumerate every valid combination.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US |

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