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Deprecating Unicode Language Tag Characters: RFC 2482 is Historic
RFC 6082

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       K. Whistler
Request for Comments: 6082                                  Sybase, Inc.
Obsoletes: 2482                                                 G. Adams
Category: Informational                              Skynav (Phil), Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                M. Duerst
                                                Aoyama Gakuin University
                                                         R. Presuhn, Ed.
                                                              J. Klensin
                                                           November 2010

   Deprecating Unicode Language Tag Characters: RFC 2482 is Historic

Abstract

   RFC 2482, "Language Tagging in Unicode Plain Text", describes a
   mechanism for using special Unicode language tag characters to
   identify languages when needed without more general markup such as
   that provided by XML.  The Unicode Consortium has deprecated that
   facility and strongly recommends against its use.  RFC 2482 has been
   moved to Historic status to reduce the possibility that Internet
   implementers would consider that system an appropriate mechanism for
   identifying languages.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6082.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. Action ..........................................................2
   3. Security Considerations .........................................3
   4. Acknowledgments .................................................3
   5. References ......................................................3
      5.1. Normative References .......................................3
      5.2. Informative References .....................................3

1.  Introduction

   RFC 2482, "Language Tagging in Unicode Plain Text" [RFC2482],
   describes a mechanism for using special Unicode language tag
   characters to identify languages when needed.  It is an idea whose
   time never quite came.  It has been superseded by whole-transaction
   language identification such as the MIME Content-language header
   [RFC3282] and more general markup mechanisms such as those provided
   by XML.  The Unicode Consortium has deprecated the language tag
   character facility and strongly recommends against its use.  RFC 2482
   has been moved to Historic status to reduce the possibility that
   Internet implementers would consider that tagging system an
   appropriate mechanism for identifying languages.

   A discussion of the status of the language tag characters and their
   applicability appears in Section 16.9 of The Unicode Standard
   [Unicode52].

2.  Action

   RFC 2482 has been deprecated and reclassified as Historic.  Internet
   protocols and Standards-Track documents should not use the facilities
   described in that document.

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3.  Security Considerations

   By deprecating RFC 2482, we eliminate a facility that is no longer
   encouraged or supported by the Unicode Consortium and that may have

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