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RE: Bengali Locale Specific Data (RFC 3066)

From: Peter Constable <petercon@microsoft.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 09:12:31 -0700
Message-ID: <F8ACB1B494D9734783AAB114D0CE68FE0A7C7AD8@RED-MSG-52.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Goutam Kumar Saha" <goutam.k.saha@kolkatacdac.in>, "Mumit Khan" <mumit@bracuniversity.ac.bd>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>, "John Cowan" <cowan@ccil.org>, "Martin Duerst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>

I just came across this, and I suspect the *wrong* approach is being taken here. 

Sylhet is a region of Bangladesh, but I strongly suspect that what is being discussed here is not "Bengali as spoken in Sylhet region". Sylhetti is a distinct language -- closely related to Bengali but distinct. It is written in Bengali script but also in the Syloti Nagri script. There is also a sizeable speaker community in the UK.

This language has its own language ID in ISO/FDIS 639-3: "syl". I would suggest that locale data should be using "syl-BD", "syl-GB" and "syl-IN" (if this is this really spoken in India - is it?). 

(There are some details regarding use of ISO 639-3 IDs in protocols that specify RFC 3066 / BCP 47, but these are the right tags for these locales, IMO.)

Peter Constable


> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Goutam Kumar Saha
> Sent: Sunday, June 04, 2006 10:31 PM
> To: Mumit Khan
> Cc: www-international@w3.org; John Cowan; Martin Duerst
> Subject: Re: Bengali Locale Specific Data (RFC 3066)
> 
> 
> Dear Mumit,
> Yes, Mumit, rather spelling it in Bengali native name, it is better
> to spell it as "sylhet" as mentioned below towards adding Bengali Locale
> Specific data.
> 
> bn-In-sylhet
> bn-BD-sylhet
> 
> Thanks & regards,
> Goutam
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mumit Khan" <mumit@bracuniversity.ac.bd>
> To: <goutam.k.saha@kolkatacdac.in>
> Cc: <www-international@w3.org>
> Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 8:54 AM
> Subject: Re: Bengali Locale Specific Data (RFC 3066)
> 
> 
> >
> > On Jun 4, 2006, at 11:55 PM, Goutam Kumar Saha wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Thank you Sirs. I think the following will do the purpose.
> > > bn-In-selet
> > > bn-BD-selet
> >
> >
> > There is Sylhet, but no "Selet" region nor dialect anywhere in
> > Bangladesh.
> >
> > Out of curiosity, can someone explain when and why we need to consider
> > tagging a regional dialect?
> >
> > Regards,
> > Mumit
> >
> >
> >
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