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Language subtag erratum for HTML 4.01

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 17:26:45 +0100
To: <public-i18n-core@w3.org>, "'Addison Phillips'" <addison@yahoo-inc.com>
Message-ID: <00ce01c6dcd1$90ed6370$6601a8c0@w3cishida>


I propose to send the following to the HTML Working Group.


Since RFC 4646 now obsoletes RFC 3066 which obsoleted RFC 1766, the I18n Core WG would like you to issue an erratum for HTML 4.01 specification and any other specifications where it is appropriate that fall under your radar to update the reference given in the specifications.

In addition, the section http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/dirlang.html#h-8.1.1 of the HTML 4.01 specification needs several changes:

[1] "[RFC1766] defines and explains the language codes that must be used in HTML documents."

Should become "[RFC4646] defines and explains the language codes that must be used in HTML documents." 

[2] Some of the examples need to be changed:  there is now a subtag (tlh) for Klingon, so x-klingon is inappropriate; there is also a subtag for navajo (nv), so i-navajo should not be used; there is no subtag for cockney, so that shouldn't be given as an example;  

[3] "Two-letter primary codes are reserved for [ISO639] language abbreviations. Two-letter codes include fr (French), de (German), it (Italian), nl (Dutch), el (Greek), es (Spanish), pt (Portuguese), ar (Arabic), he (Hebrew), ru (Russian), zh (Chinese), ja (Japanese), hi (Hindi), ur (Urdu), and sa (Sanskrit)."

"Any two-letter subcode is understood to be a [ISO3166] country code."

Now we should refer to the new IANA registry, not to ISO code lists.

For more information about RFC 4646 and links see http://www.w3.org/International/articles/language-tags/


PS: Note that an earlier erratum was submitted requesting a change to reflect that RFC 3066 obsoleted RFC 1766 - this would now be moot.


Any comments?


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

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