region::*/iso3166::* tags [was: Re: Tags for region and translation status?]
enrico at enricozini.org
Tue Feb 14 13:03:29 UTC 2012
On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:22:38AM +0100, Michael Vogt wrote:
> One is to have a "region::" tag that would include the rfc3166
> regions. The meaning would be something like "useful mainly in this
> region". This could be e.g. a german tax application that is specific
> to the german tax law. Or a IM client that is used 99% in china. Or a
> the culture:: tag, but it seems to not quite match the above plus its
> not granular enough for e.g. the tax application use-case (as
> culture::german is too broad and includes other german speaking
> countries with different tax laws).
I'd like the idea: culture is a hack and I'd be glad if it went away.
The iso15924 tag is an example of going in that direction.
- we need to be *very* careful to use common_name instead of name, from
/usr/share/xml/iso-codes/iso_3166.xml, when generating tag
- we are talking 252 new tags here, most of which would have no
packages at all. Should we just add them all, or should we just add a
few of them, then add more as they are needed?
- there are fine lines in tagging: a Han font should have one or more
of the iso15924::han[ist] tags, but it probably shouldn't have
iso3166::cn, iso3166::hk, iso3166::jp, iso3166::tw and so on: people
can write with that script in any country, really. This may be clear
once you explain it, but I expect it'll be a tricky thing for casual
Based on the previous points:
- qviaggiatreno, tryton-modules-account-*, the belgian id card stuff,
dtaus, totem-plugin-arte, get-iplayer are uncontroversial examples.
- xtide-data-nonfree is tricky: it currently would be a candidate for
Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK tags, but what if it adds
5 more countries over the years, where do we draw a line of it to
become global enough?
- hanzim, input methods and fonts should NOT have iso3166 tags, but
they should have iso15924 tags instead.
- localization packages should NOT have iso3166 tags
Does this make sense?
[I'll answer the bit about locales in a new mail]
GPG key: 4096R/E7AD5568 2009-05-08 Enrico Zini <enrico at enricozini.org>
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