Re: Searching data: map countries to scripts

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:22:57 -0600

Manuel Strehl wrote:

> It's clear to me, that I could map "Hana" and "Kata" to "US" just for
> the sake of having a Japanese Minority in the states.

This might not work too well, since the ISO 15924 code elements you're
thinking of are "Hira" and "Kana".

> Of course, the mapping must be sensible in a way, that is, explain,
> how the mapping is done. I'd be fine, I guess, with having all
> official languages and important historic ones respected (disputable
> cases, where larger minority languages are suppressed, may exist of
> course).

You've sort of defined your own problem: how to decide when minority
usage of a script within a country is "significant" or "important" or
"sensible." Remember, too, that "official languages" may not be what you
expect; English, for example, is not defined as an official language in
the US, UK, Australia, or New Zealand.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­ 
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