From: Arne Götje (高盛華) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Dec 19 2006 - 20:03:49 CST
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in Taiwan, we have many different local languages, but currently only
one Locale (zh_TW). According to the ISO639 information, the 'zh'
language tag refers to all "Chinese" languages together, including
Minnan and Hakka.
However, in the real world, it is used for Mandarin only. (And Minnan
and Hakka are quite different from Mandarin, both in terms of
pronunciation and vocabulary. And the indigenous languages are not even
Now, we want to create new locales to provide a 'native language'
environment to the different peoples in Taiwan, because currently
everyone is forced to use Mandarin.
According to http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=Taiwan each
of the 26 languages (22 of them living, 15 of them important) have all 3
character language codes, for example 'nan' for Minnan, 'hak' for Hakka,
'ami' for Amis, ...
Can we use these language codes to form new locales, like 'nan_TW',
'hak_TW', 'ami_TW', etc.? Or does anything speak against this practice?
Arne Götje (高盛華) <email@example.com>
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