RE: Tagging orthographic systems

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 16:52:59 EDT

Ar 17:30 -0400 2000-09-15, scríobh John Cowan:
>On Fri, 15 Sep 2000, Michael Everson wrote:
>> >Out of curiosity: is no "en-IE" tag needed for Éire? Does written Irish
>> >English have any details different from other Englishes?
>> None that I can think of. Apart from the regular need to write Irish names
>> and words correctly with their acute accents, English orthography is, er,
>> just as chaotic as it is in Britain.
>Nevertheless, "en-ie" is a valid RFC 1766 tag, and may be useful in
>labeling spoken word recordings.

Or texts with naturalized Gaelic words in them, or other things. But in
that case you'd probably want to add regional markers of various kinds,
en-IE-D for Dublin (and even then you'd need a lot of subdialect markers)
and so on and so on.

My point is that standard English orthography is GB-Oxonian or GB-Demotic
in Ireland.

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