Re: [Ltru] RE: Proposal for a subtag registration (fr-2004-ORTOGRAF)

"Randy Presuhn" <> Wed, 12 December 2007 20:00 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Ltru] RE: Proposal for a subtag registration (fr-2004-ORTOGRAF)
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Hi -

As a technical contributor...

> From: "Peter Constable" <>
> To: "LTRU Working Group" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:04 PM
> Subject: [Ltru] RE: Proposal for a subtag registration (fr-2004-ORTOGRAF)
> From: Stephane Bortzmeyer []
>> Why? What does it buy us? Or which disease it protects us against?
> It protects lots of implementers from having to support subtags that don't really get used.

I don't find this persuasive.  After all, what does it mean to "support" a subtag,
and is this any different from the situtation with respect to the thousands of
language subtags referring to languages for which typical software will have
absolutely no special support?  As far as I can tell, the impact of encountering
an unknown subtag is no greater than running into (or needing to generate)
an unknown x-whatever.

Which are we more likely to see deployed in, say, a public information kiosk -
a browser with localization options for Gothic, for Klingon, or for something
like a simplified  French being discussed on the
list?  (To me it appears to be more than merely a simplified orthography,
if the pages I've read are any indication, since the writing I've seen was
also characterized by extreme clarity and simplicity.)


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