Re: Serbian-Latin "sh" alias and ISO-639-1 within CLDR

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Tue Mar 15 2005 - 00:37:35 CST

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    Well, reality appears to be rather fluid. Mysteriously the single language
    Serbo-Croatian suddenly split into two languages about ten years ago. We may
    somedy look back on on the day when the Californian language split off from
    English after the War of Pacific Secession.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Michael Everson" <>
    To: "Unicode Discussion" <>
    Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 18:08
    Subject: Re: Serbian-Latin "sh" alias and ISO-639-1 within CLDR

    > At 18:00 -0800 2005-03-14, Mark Davis wrote:
    > >Let me try this one more time. "sh" was fairly widely used to stand for
    > >Serbian written in Latin.
    > What?
    > Where? When? By whom?
    > "sh" was used to tag tens or hundreds of thousands of books worldwide
    > in "Serbo-Croatian", which means Serbian or Croatian, in Latin or
    > Cyrillic, for DECADES. There are far more many examples of hr-Latn
    > and sr-Cyrl that were tagged as sh than there are either of hr-Cyrl
    > or sr-Latin.
    > >We do not defend that usage, but for backwards compatibility we've
    > >maintained it in CLDR. Our recommendation, as I have stated, is to
    > >use sr-Latn instead of "sh" for that usage.
    > That particular recommendation seems to have little to do with reality.
    > --
    > Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * *

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