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Re: Language Identifier List up for comments

From: Mark Davis <mark.davis@jtcsv.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 15:13:48 -0800
Message-ID: <018b01c4e48e$1245f4c0$6501a8c0@sanjose.ibm.com>
To: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>, <ietf-languages@alvestrand.no>

I'm completely confused; you keep switching the criteria. You used to say
'plausible', now it's "recommended for general use'. For 'general use' for
what? Localization? Text-to-Speech? Spell-checkers? Tex said in a side email
that if he couldn't buy a different dictionary two ids, they are not
different; that would eliminate quite a few distinctions in the list, but
that would be both too coarse and too fine for use in localization.

I have no idea what that this list is supposed to do now.

‚ÄéMark

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
To: "Mark Davis" <mark.davis@jtcsv.com>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>; <ietf-languages@alvestrand.no>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 14:58
Subject: Re: Language Identifier List up for comments


> Mark Davis scripsit:
>
> > And the broader point is that whenever you are saying that xx-YY and
xx-ZZ
> > have different denotations, you *are* saying that xx differs by country.
In
> > that case you can't just say that xx-WW is "not recommended", you have
to
> > say *which* country variant it is the same as.
>
> Not necessarily, especially if you don't know.  Claiming that de-AT,
de-DE, and
> de-CH are recommended doesn't disrecommend other possibilities; in
particular,
> there is a fair amount of de-US material out there, especially old
newspapers,
> but it probably wouldn't make sense to recommend de-US for general use
today.
>
> -- 
> John Cowan                              jcowan@reutershealth.com
> http://www.reutershealth.com            http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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>
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