[OpenType] RE: [mpeg-OTspec] Re: Languages tags (Buruchaski & North Slavey)

Levantovsky, Vladimir vladimir.levantovsky at monotype.com
Tue May 24 16:56:17 CEST 2016


In order to make it the part of the AHG proposal we need to resolve this now (the input contribution needs to be finalized and uploaded today by midnight UTC).

Two proposed approaches include:
a) Renaming current entry for Slavey to North Slavey and leaving language tag as is (per the original email from Denis), and
b) Keeping current entry for Slavey as super-language group and [similar to the existing definition for South Slavey] create a new entry for North Slavey with language tag "SCS" [matching the IANA tag 'scs' for North Slavey: http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry/language-subtag-registry]

Please respond to this email indicating your preferred approach.

Thank you,

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From: mpeg-OTspec at yahoogroups.com [mailto:mpeg-OTspec at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of John Hudson john at tiro.ca [mpeg-OTspec]
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To: Denis Jacquerye; OpenType List; OTspec (mpeg-OTspec at yahoogroups.com)
Subject: Re: [OpenType] RE: [mpeg-OTspec] Re: Languages tags (Buruchaski & North Slavey)

On 23/05/16 11:55, Denis Jacquerye moyogo at gmail.com [mpeg-OTspec] wrote:

> The OT specifications already have language tags for both South Slavey 
> and North Slavey. However North Slavey is being labelled as "Slavey", 
> which is ambiguous.
> The two current language systems are:
> Slavey, SLA, scs
> South Slavey, SSL, xsl
> The proposal is to have the following instead:
> North Slavey, SLA, scs
> South Slavey, SSL, xsl

That's what I would suggest if we were starting from scratch, but I'm concerned about changing any of the existing language system mappings. 
My preference would be to keep SLA for Slavey, i.e. for a super-language grouping of North and South Slavey, and add a new tag for North Slavey (preferably SCS).

This matches what I recall doing for some other language systems, where we have both higher level groupings and more granular options. To clarify intent, we could add annotations.



John Hudson
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Posted by: John Hudson <john at tiro.ca>


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