ISO language codes versus country codes
Sean M. Burke
Wed, 15 May 2002 16:33:07 -0600
Recently I've been trying my hand at software localization by getting
friends and friends-of-friends to help me localize the open-source program
Namp (a.k.a. Apache::MP3 -- <http://namp.sourceforge.net/i18n/burke.shtml>)
into various languages. Along the way, I've discovered that many people
don't know the language tag for their own language, because they (falsely)
assume it to be the same as the country code. Consider jp/ja for
Japan/Japanese, cz/cs, cn/zh, my/ms, si/sl, ua/uk, se/sv, etc.
My question, and it is a historical one, is:
How did these differences come to be?
Sean M. Burke http://www.spinn.net/~sburke/