Re: Exciting new software release!

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Apr 04 2003 - 06:36:10 EST

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    Doug Ewell scripsit:

    > > Tags constructed wholly from the codes that are assigned
    > > interpretations by this chapter do not need to be registered with
    > > IANA before use.
    > Does the "-ny" subtag fail this criterion because RFC 3066 does not
    > explicitly assign the ISO 3166-2 interpretation?

    Yes. The only forms that work even when unregistered are <aa>, <aaa>,
    <aa>-<bb>, <aaa>-<bb>, and private-use forms beginning with "x-", where
    <aa> is an ISO 639-1 code, <aaa> is an ISO 639-2 code for a language
    that doesn't have an ISO 639-1 code, and <bb> is an ISO 3166-1 code.

    Unregistered codes are only safe if their interpretation is universally
    agreed on, which means that their forms must be specified in the RFC.

    > I'll mail it, or maybe repost it, after I finish applying a nice, THICK
    > coating. I'm thinking about one of those expired-shareware message
    > boxes where the OK button is disabled for the first five seconds.

    Good idea.

    > But I'd like to get this third-subtag question resolved first.

    ObPedantic: In the technical language of the RFC, it's the second subtag:
    foo-bar-baz has foo as the primary tag, bar as the first subtag, and
    baz as the second subtag.

    John Cowan     
    To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
    are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
    that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
            --_The Hobbit_

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