Re: [Ltru] John Cowan throws in the towel on extlangs

Addison Phillips <addison@yahoo-inc.com> Thu, 29 November 2007 22:53 UTC

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John Cowan wrote:
> Don Osborn scripsit:
> 
>> Apologies in advance if this is a non-sequiteur to this particular thread,
>> but is there provision for new macrolanguages. A while back there was a
>> suggestion that we know them all, but I could suggest other possibilities
>> such as Runyakitara (aready mentioned), Oshiwambo, possible new mix for
>> Manding languages. This may be ISO 639 territory, but also would relate to
>> use of tags.
> 
> In principle, 639-3/RA may create them at any time.  So far they have not been
> asked to do so.
> 

Further, if John's towel stays thrown, it wouldn't impact RFC 4646bis. 
It *would* potentially require new information be placed into the 
registry (fallback or macrolanguage fields) and thus might influence 
various tagging choices.

Note that there is no difference between extlang and no-extlang on this: 
most enclosed languages would already be in the registry as primary 
language subtags and thus could not become extlang subtags after the fact.

Addison

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

Internationalization is an architecture.
It is not a feature.


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