One language, one subtag (was: Re: Ietf-languages Digest, Vol 50,
dewell at adelphia.net
Fri Feb 16 08:07:19 CET 2007
Peter Constable <petercon at microsoft dot com> wrote:
> The only scenario in which maybe someone is helped is when the
> specialist wants a query to return records for all historic varieties.
> I dont see why they cant use a Boolean operator for that, but even if
> there was enough need for a single ID, I wouldnt be inclined to use
> eng and ces for that purpose: that would be helping the 0.01% scenario
> at the detriment of 99.99% of users.
Great point. When someone needs to request content in more than one
language, wouldn't it make more sense to be able to specify multiple
language tags than to create a new Frankenstein language tag for them?
And wouldn't it be reasonable to use multiple language tags to tag
multi-language content? Each language tag is supposed to represent one
language; the collection codes are an explicit exception.
If I want to request content in Old English OR Middle English OR Modern
English, that doesn't make all three of those "the same language."
Tomorrow I may want to request content in English OR Russian; what then?
Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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