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RE: New web app: Searching for language subtags

From: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 15:14:09 +0100
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>, LTRU Working Group <ltru@ietf.org>
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Hi Richard,

Having spent a few minutes playing with this, it seems to 
be both useful and fun.

My one concern is that people who haven't been initiated 
into the arcane mysteries of BCP 47, might misunderstand 
the meaning of a heading like "redundant" in response to 
a search for "Chinese".  It needs to be made clear to 
people that this is a tool for examining the registry, 
*NOT* a tool for finding appropriate language tags.  If 
it is meant to be used for the latter purpose, then some 
changes are very much needed :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: www-international-request@w3.org
[mailto:www-international-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Richard Ishida
Sent: 01 April 2007 14:59
To: 'WWW International'
Subject: New web app: Searching for language subtags

You may find this of interest.  It's purely a personal project.


http://people.w3.org/rishida/blog/?p=90 says:

This tool allows you to search for tags that have, say, 'french' in
their description (there are currently 11), or to find out what that
mysterious 'ch' tag stands for (there are 2 possibilities). Or you can
simply list all current language tags, or script tags, or variants, etc.

For months I've been wanting to write a small, Web-based tool for
finding things in the subtag registry without having to work on the (for
many people, intimidating) raw text file on the IANA site.

Tom Gruner created an initial tool for pretty printing the IANA list,
which handled enough of the basics to allow me to use the little time I
have these days to add the search functionality on top.

If you have JavaScript running, you are shown just the tags and
descriptions initially, but by clicking on those you can reveal all
additional information in the registry for a given tag. I also highlight
tags that are deprecated, so you can see that straight away.

(PS: Some final tweaks to the code will come when I have a spare moment
for things like making the expanding list more accessible, etc.)


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

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