Language for taxonomic names, redux

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Mar 1 16:24:09 CET 2017

Yury Tarasievich wrote:
>>>>> But please name it '-taxon', as the other name's orthography is
>>>>> somewhat un-memorisable (ae or æ or e).
>>>> ‘ae’, obviously.
>>> Well, yes, but not 'obviously’:
>> Yes, obviously. Uses of the æ ligature in English are pretty old-
>> fashioned.
> I understand the tag isn't intended for 
> fashion-conscious English speakers only?
> I feel I see a non-zero use of 'ae' ligature in 
> a fairly recent texts (but wasn't gathering 
> statistics, so you have me there).

I don't understand what this discussion is about. Subtag values are data
items, and are constrained by BCP 47 to Basic Latin (i.e. ASCII) letters
and digits.
Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US |

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