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Re: rfc4646. Some analysis code

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 11:40:47 +0100
Message-ID: <1945065887.20061108114047@w3.org>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: Dave Pawson <dave.pawson@gmail.com>, I18N <www-international@w3.org>

On Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 8:25:59 PM, John wrote:

JC> "Grandfathered" is a semantic concept (the meaning of the tag cannot be
JC> deduced from its parts); "irregular" a syntactic one (the tag cannot be
JC> parsed into parts using the regular parsing algorithms).  All irregular
JC> tags are grandfathered, but not all grandfathered tags are irregular.
JC> Unfortunately this distinction was not clarified until after 4646 was
JC> published.

Well said and a useful clarification.

Does that mean (since cel-gaulish was not on your irregular list, and also given that cel is a registered tag and gaulish is five-to-eight letters) that I can now write things like 


to describe, say a gaulish legend on a coin, written in ancient greek script?

 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Interaction Domain Leader
 Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
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