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Re: Proposed resolution for Issue 13 (language tags)

From: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:49:22 +0200
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
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Julian Reschke wrote:

> language-tag  = <Language-Tag, defined in [RFC4646], Section 2.1>

+1, but keep in mind that LTRU might replace 4646 by 4646bis before
    2616bis is ready.

> Example tags include:

RFC 2616 has:  en, en-US, en-cockney, i-cherokee, x-pig-latin

Please replace en-cockney by say es-419, and i-cherokee by say
az-Arab.  Rationale:  

* en-cockney doesn't exist,
* es-419 shows a new 4646-feature (UN region number),
* i-cherokee doesn't exist,
* az-Arab shows a new 4646-feature (script subtags).

> (The last three tags above are not registered tags; all but the
>  last are examples of tags which could be registered in future.)

That misses the point of RFC 4646, apart from some grandfathered
tags, and primary subtags like "en" that can be used as tags, the
registry conains *subtags*.  

And "en", "US", "es", "419", "az", and "Arab" are all registered

> ...feedback appreciated.

I missed that above, the link is wrong:

| The name space of language tags is administered by the
| IANA (<http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-tags>).

That is the *obsolete* RFC 3066 tag registry, please write:

| The name spaces of language subtags are administered by the
| IANA, <http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry>.

Actually three namespaces (languages, scripts, regions) in
essence copy standards by third parties, but these details
are explained in RFC 4646.

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