CFV: Project sponsorship: Java Locale Enhancement

Naoto Sato Naoto.Sato at Sun.COM
Wed Oct 8 23:20:48 UTC 2008

Regarding the CFV on the following question[1]:

Question: Should the Internationalization/Localization Group sponsor the
"Java Locale Enhancement Project"?

Voting has now concluded.  I have received "Yes" votes from the
following 4 members of the Internationalization/Localization Group:

     Michael Fang
     Steven Loomis
     Masayoshi Okutsu
     Naoto Sato

This constitutes an absolute majority of the eligible voting members.
Thus I am able to immediately render a decision.

The Internationalization/Localization Group has decided to sponsor the 
Java Locale Enhancement Project.

Thank you.
Naoto Sato


Doug Felt wrote:
> I hereby propose an openjdk project "Java Locale Enhancement".
> This proposal [1] enhances java.util.Locale in order to bring Java into
> conformance with IETF BCP47 [2] and UTR35(CLDR/LDML) [3].
> The internal structure for Locale was modeled after IETF RFC 1766 [4], which
> in 1995 was the industry standard for the representation of languages and
> locales (and required by HTML, XML, and many other specifications and
> programs).
> RFC 1766 has been superseded by IETF BCP 47, which makes a number of
> additions needed for the representation of languages. Script codes [5]
> support required distinctions among languages that use different writing
> systems (such as simplified vs traditional Chinese), with an optimal
> hierarchical representation of locale data. 3-letter base language codes
> (ISO 639 Part 2 & 3 [6, 7]) represent such languages as Filipino (fil) the
> official language of the Philipines. BCP 47 also allows for regional
> variants, like Latin American Spanish (es_419), using region identifiers
> listed in the IANA subtag registry [8].
> Locale's limitations are already causing significant practical problems. For
> example, when a J2EE Servlet container implementation parses a language tag
> from Accept Language and creates a Locale instance, it cannot map a script
> code into the new Locale object without breaking its original structure,
> because the use of script code and 3-letter language codes is not allowed by
> the current Java Locale specification.
> I propose this project be sponsored by the OpenJDK Internationalization
> group. I volunteer to be moderator of the project.
> Thank you.
> Doug Felt
> [1]
> [2]
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> [8]

Naoto Sato

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