Re: language tags useful? (was Re: Comments ...)

From: Martin J. Duerst (
Date: Sat Jun 07 1997 - 17:21:27 EDT

On Sat, 7 Jun 1997, Mark Crispin wrote:

> On Sat, 7 Jun 1997 20:44:15 +0200 (MET DST), Martin J. Duerst wrote:
> > The IAB charset workshop document also has made the correct conclusion
> > that language information is in many cases very valuable. Said workshop
> > or document, however, has NOT concluded that in-stream language codes
> > are necessary or that they are a good solution.
> For the record:
> I was at the IAB charset workshop, and I am one of the co-authors of RFC 2130.
> I was one of those who felt that embedded language tags were essential.
> It was left an open issue because we didn't want to deal with it at that point
> in time. The wording of the document was very carefully made so as not to
> prejudice future discussion about embedded language tags.
> It is important to understand that *no* conclusions were reached at all about
> language tags. Some people felt very strongly that they were necessary and a
> good solution. The majority felt that the question needed more research. I
> don't remember anyone having strong opinions that they were unnecessary or a
> poor solution.

We are in complete agreement here. The issue is open for discussion.
MLSF is a contribution to this discussion, and not the end of it.

> The IAB charset workshop went through a lot of material. Although MLSF was
> something that I had in mind when I was there, it is undeniably the case that
> if it had tried to resolve the embedded language tags issue then, it would not
> have done as good a job as was done in MLSF.

I guess it would have been undeniably the case that if MLSF would have been
presented at the workshop, the same shortcommings and problems would quite
quickly have been discovered that have been mentionned in the current

Regards, Martin.

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