[Tagging] Default Language Format; language:default or default:language?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 11:05:12 UTC 2018

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> On 2. Oct 2018, at 12:09, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Should the tag be default:language=* rather than language:default=*?

it is just names, it doesn’t matter for me which one is first. Or default_language. 

I’m interested in the way it works. Are there multiple values allowed? Is the order important? If yes, how to deal with rtl and ltr mixed? What are the criteria for adding it (e.g. is there a minimum percentage?)? Can we agree that this is orthogonal to official language(s)? What about locally common formats to separate different languages in (multilingual) names, shall we have a different tag for this?

A general problem with codified defaults is that potential changes in the future to the default are hard to realize, maybe for local languages this is less important though, because a change would imply other big changes (peoples moving) that the local mapping community would completely change as well.


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