RE: 8 characters

Hello Dan,

There is no chance that the eight character limit can be extended for reasons of compatibility. Using “-“ to continue a tag might have some unintended side-effects. Notably, matching and truncation of language tags assumes that subtags can be removed at the hyphen mark.

If you can’t stay within an eight character limit, you might consider having a “short name” field for use in language tags (as an alias). The subtags don’t have to be perfectly mnemonic.


Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect -- Lab126

Internationalization is not a feature.
It is an architecture.

From: [] On Behalf Of Dan Burnett
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:13 AM
To:; Matt Womer;
Cc: W3C Voice Browser Working Group
Subject: Fwd: 8 characters

Forwarding to entire I18N core group.

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From: Dan Burnett <<>>
Date: January 13, 2010 1:24:10 PM EST
To: Addison Phillips <<>>
Subject: 8 characters


After I left the call it occurred to me that our first entry that we want to create, "pinyin2001", would not meet your 8-character restriction.

Is there any possibility for either a) increasing that character limit, or b) allowing for us to use '-' to continue our tags?

I expect that the character length limit, as in MSDOS, will be the biggest sticking point.

-- dan

Received on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 16:41:55 UTC