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RE: Article for wide review: Choosing a language tag

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:00:37 -0000
To: "'John Cowan'" <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01e601ca6dcf$48b68720$da239560$@org>

Thanks for these comments. Notes below.  Changes done with change marks at

Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
> Sent: 10 October 2009 01:18
> To: www-international@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Article for wide review: Choosing a language tag
> > http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-choosing-language-tags
> >
> > Comments are being sought on this article prior to final release. Please
> > send any comments to www-international@w3.org (subscribe). We expect
> > to publish a final version in one to two weeks.
> In Decision 1, the section on macrolanguages should explain that
> macrolanguage subtags may be used in the same way, and with the same
> considerations, as collection subtags.  This is quite apart from their
> use with extlang subtags.

Done. (And introduced Collections before, rather than after, to help with

> In Decision 2:
> a) It's a mistake to conflate "[p]rimary language subtags that can be
> used with extended language subtags" with macrolanguages.  Only six
> ('ar', 'kok', 'ms', 'sw', 'uz', 'zh') of the 58 current macrolanguages,
> plus 'sgn', fall into this category.  Find or invent another term to
> avoid confusion.

Hopefully this is now fixed.

> b) Explain clearly that the extlang tags are always identical to their
> primary language subtags, so "kok-gom" can be replaced by "gom" even if
> you don't know what 'kok' or 'gom' mean.


> In Decision 4, for "regional areas", which is vague, read "regions
> containing more than one country" or "multinational regions".


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