Re: [Ltru] RFC 3282: should we revise it?

Harald Alvestrand <> Wed, 19 August 2009 10:57 UTC

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Phillips, Addison wrote:
> The one bit of language tagging infrastructure that we have not revised since this whole body of work has started is RFC 3282, which defines Content-Language and Accept-Language. This morning I had cause to want to reference it, but a desire not to (since it depends on 3066 rather than the current-and-future BCP 47).
FWIW, the reference is:

  [TAGS]      Alvestrand, H., "Tags for the Identification of
               Languages", BCP 47, RFC 3066

At the time, it seemed obvious to me that references to a 
standards-track specification were intended to be "this one or any 
version that obsoletes it"; it was only later that I discovered that 
there could be multiple differences of opinion on this even in cases 
that seemed obvious to me.

If the document were to be revised, an obvious improvement would be to 
split the references into normative and informative, and remove the 
unused ones - none of the ISO references are in fact used; this was the 
result of a rather hasty split from 1766.

If YAM decides that it's ready to go to Standard status, I really don't 
see any need except for formalism and nitpicking to revise the document 
at all.

Over to YAM list....


>  I'm pretty sure that the whole machinery of a WG is not needed to revise this document--I'm thinking it would make a suitable individual submission. But I thought I'd mention it here to see if anyone had thoughts about whether it were necessary, whether this list would make a suitable place to solicit comments, and whether anyone thought a WG charter were necessary for same (this last I studiously hope is not the case).
> Addison
> Addison Phillips
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> Internationalization is not a feature.
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