by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/02/04 07:31 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2007/02/04/1596987.aspx
(apologies to Sir Paul McCartney for riffing on the B-side to Love Me Do!)
I have talked about pseudo locales in passing previously, in Walking off the end of the eighth bit. But I never talked about the names of these little built-on beasties that Shawn first mentioned in Pseudo Locales in Windows Vista Beta 2 (qps-ploc, qps-mirr, and qps-asia).
These three locales were not yet another example of Microsoft flouting an international standard; quite the opposite in fact!
If you look at RFC4646 (Tags for Identifying Languages) section 220.127.116.11 (excerpted in part here):
The subtags in the range 'qaa' through 'qtz' are reserved for private use in language tags. These subtags correspond to codes reserved by ISO 639-2 for private use. These codes MAY be used for non-registered primary language subtags (instead of using private use subtags following 'x-').
It is clear that the qps tag for Microsoft's own "private" pseudo-locales for testing purposes had an entirely standards-based origin.
Of course, not everyone wanted to play by the rules. :-(
Everyone, from the localization/localizability folks inside of Microsoft to authors like Guy Smith-Ferrier outside of it actually went ahead and used ps-ps as the name for the pseudo-locale. This is bad for two entirely separate reasons:
As a company this is the kind of misuse that we are really trying to get away from, which is one of the reasons that the way to make the "official Microsoft" pseudo locale names visible was documented for people who wanted to use them in their own testing.
Thus my plea to all those using ps-PS for their pseudo locale needs -- STOP DOING THAT, PLEASE! There are perfectly acceptable ways to do this that conform to the standards and they represent the direction one ought to be heading in....
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