Script codes in RFC 3066

John Cowan jcowan at
Wed Apr 9 10:28:17 CEST 2003

Jeremy Carroll scripsit:

> 26*26*26 = 17576
> 26*36*36 = 33696

Since there are only about 6000 living languages, I think that the latter
figure if not the former will be more than sufficient.  (Sidenote: there is
a neat trick for encoding 3 alphanumerics in 16 bits thus:  map no letter to
0, A-Z to 1-26, 0-9 to 27-36; then the encoding of code abc is a*1600+b*40+c.
This was historically called "RAD50" code).

As for FUK, it is indeed unassigned in the Ethnologue.  SHT however is
Shasta (a nearly extinct language of Northern California), and PIS is
Solomon Islands Pidgin English.  Look up the rest yourself at .

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