3-letter tags galore (Re: Question on ISO-639:1988)
jjc at hplb.hpl.hp.com
Fri Jun 11 13:13:28 CEST 2004
Harald Tveit Alvestrand wrote:
> [apologies for the lateness of this curmudgeonly response]
> --On 2. juni 2004 07:43 -0400 John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
>> Let me see if I can summarize the new state of affairs:
>> 639-3 provides 3-letter identifiers for languages.
>> 639-5 provides non-overlapping 3-letter identifiers for collections of
>> 639-2 provides a subset of the codes in 639-3 and 639-5 representing the
>> "important" languages and collections.
>> 639-1 provides a subset of the codes in 693-2 representing the "very
>> important" languages (and collections?) and giving them 2-letter
>> identifiers as well.
> Sigh. If I understand this right, you have a 3-letter namespace, and
> have 3 different standards allocating names out of that namespace. Who
> administers the namespace?
I guess I should let someone who knows the ISO process answer, but it
seems that we are talking one namespace the ISO-639 namespace, which for
ISO administrative purposes is divided up into IS0-639-X as above. That
looks to me like a case of 'not our problem'.
>> RFC 3066 successors should allow any 639-3 or 639-5 code except those
>> which have 639-1 equivalents.
> IMHO, if my understanding is correct, RFC 3066 should refer to the
> standard defining the 3-letter namespace, and ignore the difference
> between 639-2, 639-3 and 639-5. A code is a code is a code is a code.
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