From: Mark Davis (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Apr 24 2004 - 20:01:43 EDT
► शिष्यादिच्छेत्पराजयम् ◄
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Constable" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Unicode List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, 2004 Apr 24 06:12
Subject: RE: Common Locale Data Repository Project
> > From: Mark Davis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > You can reiterate it all you want; in practice, 3066 tags are used as
> > locale
> > identifiers. And for a narrow sense of locales, that is perfectly
> > reasonable.
> > For a broad sense of "locale", including timezone, user's currency,
> > religious
> > preference, etc., it clearly would not be reasonable, and I would
> > with you
> > for that.
> But there are a lot of people that don't know enough to recognize that
> difference. So, even though a language identifier may be sufficient in
> many cases to name a locale, it is IMO very unhelpful to refer to RFC
> 3066 tags as locale identifiers as it perpetuates and leads people into
> wrong assumptions. Please help improve common understanding by not
> referring to them as locale IDs.
I disagree. There is, as I have said, a perfectly reasonable, narrow sense of
locale which is essentially identical to what is captured by RFC 3066. And in
practice, RFC 3066 is often used with that meaning. I don't see any need to deny
reality (at least not in this area ;-)
As I said before, for a broader sense of "locale", RFC 3066 is not sufficient to
capture everything that anyone has meant by that term.
> > >ISO 639 is not unstable. It is an open code set that is being added
> > over time, but I don't think that should be referred to as unstable --
> > that term suggests other things.
> > ISO 3066 has *demonstrated* instability,
> I take it you mean ISO 3166? I did not make any claim in that regard.
My typo: I meant ISO 3166.
> > However, there is no policy documented
> > *anywhere* that
> > says they won't.
> I'm working on it. The ISO 639/RA-JAC has acknowledged the need for
> stability. Getting into the normative text of the standards takes a
> little time.
That's great -- any way we can help with that?
> Peter Constable
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