LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
niall.tracey at logica.com
Wed Sep 3 17:53:32 CEST 2008
We all know that new tags don't gain sudden acceptance overnight. It would be one thing if there was a suppress-script for subtags -- in that case systems could update themselves automatically. As it is, that script information is in the free-text fields and requires human intervention to insert into systems, so it's going to be a while coming. In legacy systems, it may never happen.
If we issue advice saying that the text should be tagged zh-Latn-wadegile, it will be rendered correctly by all properly-written software systems.
If we tell people that zh-wadegile is enough, more of them will tag text as such and systems will attempt to render it in Hanji.
Izh-Latn-wadegile is surely the only fault-tolerant (userproof?) option.
Shouldn't we build fault-tolerance in at every level?
From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Mark Davis
Sent: 03 September 2008 16:35
To: Peter Constable
Cc: ietf-languages at iana.org
Subject: Re: LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
While I share that opinion, there were others that objected to it. And I can live with the required prefix being only zh; I think that reasonable implementations will also include Latn anyway.
On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Peter Constable <petercon at microsoft.com> wrote:
From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Doug Ewell
> Here are the proposed new records and registration forms, for a two-week
> review period. (Sorry, guys: RFC 4646, Section 3.7.) Eligible to be
> added Wednesday, September 9 at 3:00 UTC, unless someone objects or
> finds a problem.
> LANGUAGE SUBTAG MODIFICATION
> Prefix: zh
IMO this should be "zh-Latn".
More generally, it has always been my opinion that variant subtags denoting a particular written form should always be prefixed by a script subtag except when Suppress-Script applies.
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