CLDR-2008-04-08

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From: "Don Osborn"
To: "'Yury Tarasievich'", <cldr-users@unicode.org>
Cc: "'A12n tech support'" <a12n-collaboration@bisharat.net>
Subject: RE: Is anybody controlling the lingual quality out there? (CLDR)
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 08:58:15 -0400

I can't answer your question regarding quality control of specific locales in the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR). However, I would like to mention that this sort of issue will likely become more frequent as we get into languages with shorter written traditions, multiple dialects, multiple authorities setting standards for things like orthographies, changes in those standards, and sometimes differences between what people do and the formal standards (such has been noted for example with some languages in Nigeria due in part to lack of Unicode fonts).

There is also the question of how well the 639-1&2 and 639-3 codes work for locales and localization for some languages / macrolanguages / language clusters.

As we get into a period when locales will be generated for more African languages, I think these issues will all come to the fore. There will probably be a need for more proactive vetting than we've seen with locales up until now - i.e., an announcement and general call for comments may not suffice. Instead, experts in specific languages and from relevant countries may have to be sought out for their input.

Don Osborn
Bisharat.net


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