Re: [Ltru] What is EU for in locales?

Addison Phillips <> Tue, 11 December 2007 16:02 UTC

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John Cowan wrote:
> Before the extraordinarily reserved 3166 code elements get baked
> into BCP 47 forever, I'd like to know what EU is supposed to be for.
> I'm not necessarily rejecting the notion that EU (or currently QU) is
> sensible in locale tags, which though not formally language tags are
> closely related.  But just what does EU/QU mean in locale tags?

I believe the answer there is: it's a code for a region, whose display 
name and other info you can retrieve. There is no "xx-EU" locale in CLDR 
(or anywhere else that I'm aware of). There may be some variations in 
options that are based on regulatory or other requirements at the EU 
level (I'm not aware of any of those either).

I think the main thing is not that EU is used in locale identifiers. It 
is that BCP 47 provides a stabilized collection of regions, which is 
useful in maintaining locale data.


Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect -- Yahoo! Inc.
Chair -- W3C Internationalization Core WG

Internationalization is an architecture.
It is not a feature.

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