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RE: Language Identifier List up for comments

From: Peter Constable <petercon@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 07:23:33 -0800
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> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Elizabeth J. Pyatt

> I  would love to see a serious look at a taxonomy for language codes
> and regional variations, but it won't be based on any simple regional
> criteria. I would also  like it to involve people from the
> linguistics and dialectal communities as well as i18n specialists.

You might be interested in a paper I wrote a couple of years ago that
explores these kinds of issues. More specifically, it examines an
ontological model for the kinds of things we need to be able to identify
using "language" tags. You can find it at
http://www.sil.org/silewp/abstract.asp?ref=2002-003. It's unfortunately
long, and there are certainly things I would change over two years
later. But it certainly helped my understanding to write it, and has
helped me feel more confident that the mechanisms being built into the
revision to RFC 3066 should provide what we need for a wide variety of

Peter Constable
Received on Wednesday, 15 December 2004 15:24:30 UTC

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