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Re: Unicode conference papers

From: Erik van der Poel <erik@vanderpoel.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 21:10:12 -0800
Message-ID: <638fb7f40611222110l66212af2ga405669200671aed@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Cc: "Richard Ishida" <ishida@w3.org>, "Mark Davis" <mark.davis@icu-project.org>, Unicode <unicode@unicode.org>, www-international@w3.org

Hi Martin,

It's not clear what the authors intended, but if you have a look at
one of the shortest URLs with these tags, maybe you can guess their


Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that the most common pair of
"languages", was not actually a pair of languages at all! :-)

I believe we will see more problems in language tags than in "charset"
tags for a while because language tags often aren't needed to display
an HTML document, which is perhaps the only test that the author
performs after putting it on the server...


On 11/22/06, Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp> wrote:
> At 15:02 06/11/22, Erik van der Poel wrote:
> >By the way, the http and meta content-language allow more than one
> >language to be specified. The most common pair of languages is de,at.
> >The next most common is fr,en.
> de,at as such doesn't make sense, because at isn't a language
> subtag (see http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry;
> caution: long file). What was meant must be either de-at
> (German, as used in Austria), or de, de-at (German as well
> as German as used in Austria) or something similar.
> Regards,    Martin.
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