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[Bug 14709] lang tag validation is insufficiently specified

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Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:12:07 +0000
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--- Comment #8 from Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> 2011-11-07 18:12:05 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #6)
> Thus I don't see that you have brought forward a valid reason to not do what
> John D proposed.

Let me step back a bit. John D. said:

"As is, the spec merely defines the
*expectation* that the language code is a BCP47 code but allows for an
entirely different language tag format to be used in it's place."

I don't read this from the current spec. That is, I don't read the spec as
permitting "an entirely different language tag format".

The current spec language [1] says:

"Its value must be a valid BCP 47 language tag, or the empty string."

That reads pretty unambiguously to me as requiring the BCP 47 format and none

Semantic interpretation (recognizes or not) is not related for format.
Notwithstanding, I would agree that the current spec text is not particularly
lucid on what is meant by "unknown language". Perhaps it should say
"unrecognized language" instead.

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