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Standard list of languages: suboptimal choice

  • To: <translation-programme@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Standard list of languages: suboptimal choice
  • From: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 17:36:28 -0500

Hi!I've decided to recommend using BCP 47/RFC 4646 as well. Although I really 
do not see that there will be much need for scripts to be identified--except 
for withKorean--as the default script should generally serve for your purposes. 
 (Unless ICANN later decides to publish documents used in or interpretations 
from meetings in the language of the host country--thenin some host countries 
there might be a need to identify a script.  However even choosing to tag a 
document as simply as possible is part of BCP 47.  This is where you find the 
rules for placing the tags)  (I'm still confused however about the use of the 
word "locale" in the draft, top of page 9, section 3--really I would think that 
with only a limited number of translations being done for each document, the 
goal would be to translate these asgenerically as possible; I think technical 
language tends to vary less from country-to-country & thus lends itself to 
pretty generic translations; you might get stuck in an English text with 
choosing between some British & U.S. spelling but that is about it.) --C. E. 

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