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Re: 2 many language tags for Norwegian

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 12:31:54 -0400
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: Frank Ellermann <hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz@gmail.com>, www-international@w3.org
Message-ID: <20080501163154.GA31272@mercury.ccil.org>

Leif Halvard Silli scripsit:

> I am uncertain what the oed (Oxford English Dictionary spelling) tag is 
> for.

It represents the spelling conventions used in that dictionary, which
are similar to but not identical with the usual en-GB conventions.
This matters because it's an extremely important dictionary.  Some but
not all international standards use en-GB-oed spelling.

> I can set *my* browser to permit nb, nn and no. But not any browser. Not 
> on OS X, at least. On OS X, the browser (Safari/Webkit and those that 
> interact with the system - Camino/Opera) only sends out one accept 
> language header. 

That's clearly a quality of implementation issue with those browsers,
not with the standards.

> Adding more tags would be bad, you said. I wish they had had the wisdom 
> to say so when they proposed nb and nn, as we allready had no-nyn and 
> no-bok.

Again, it's a matter of slightly misaligned purposes.  For 639-1 alone,
it made sense to have separate tags, and BCP 47 requires that IETF-specific
hacks be deprecated in favor of standard forms.

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