From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Apr 08 2003 - 11:40:25 EDT
John Cowan <cowan at mercury dot ccil dot org> wrote:
>> 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.
Well, I'll be. It does say that. I had it wrong in LTag all along.
Good thing I pulled it.
OK, I'll fix this and add the thick "don't use" warnings, and mail it to
John. Anyone else who wants it will have to email me individually to
>> 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.
I'm still pretty sure of myself on this one. Section 2.1, "Language tag
> The language tag is composed of one or more parts: A primary language
> subtag and a (possibly empty) series of subsequent subtags.
Section 2.2, "Language tag sources":
> The following rules apply to the primary subtag:
> - All 2-letter subtags are interpreted according to assignments found
> in ISO standard 639, "Code for the representation of names of
> languages" [ISO 639], or assignments subsequently made by the ISO
> 639 part 1 maintenance agency or governing standardization bodies.
> The following rules apply to the second subtag:
> - All 2-letter subtags are interpreted as ISO 3166 alpha-2 country
> codes from [ISO 3166], or subsequently assigned by the ISO 3166
> maintenance agency or governing standardization bodies, denoting
> the area to which this language variant relates.
> There are no rules apart from the syntactic ones for the third and
> subsequent subtags.
So foo is primary subtag, bar is second subtag, baz is third subtag.
FWIW, I also used to think it was primary, first sub, second sub, and I
still think it would make more sense that way. But that's not what the
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