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Re: Upcoming changes to BCP47 (language tag) syntax

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:48:34 -0500
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: 'Addison Phillips' <addison@yahoo-inc.com>, 'I18N' <www-international@w3.org>, member-i18n-core@w3.org
Message-ID: <20080121194834.GG28889@mercury.ccil.org>

Richard Ishida scripsit:

> Also, I'm wondering what are the implications wrt use of zh and the
> cmn, yue, etc subtags.  Are we expecting zh to be used only for things
> like zh-Hans and zh-Hant?

Not necessarily.

> Can we still use it in a vague way to mean
> 'some kind of chinese'?


> Will the zh-cmn etc tags be deprecated? etc.

Probably.  However, 'cmn' should be used with caution (and likewise
'arb' for Standard Arabic), because most language tag processors will not
understand their intimate relationship with 'zh' and 'ar' respectively,
which probably always will be used mostly to designate the respective
standard languages).  RFC 4646bis currently has text warning about
Chinese, which will probably be extended to cover half a dozen other
such cases.

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