Road Map for Language Code Additions?

Peter_Constable at Peter_Constable at
Tue Apr 15 09:46:34 CEST 2003

Daniel Yacob wrote on 04/15/2003 08:37:40 AM:

> I've been lost under the flood of recent mail but have been
> pleased to see some new 3 letter codes getting assigned in 
> February and March.  These assignements appeared to come out
> of the blue from where I stand (admittedly not keeping up with
> the mail flow).  Is there a web page that presents a road map
> for what languages are candidates for consideration for code
> assignement?

Hi, Daniel.

The new assignments came from requests submitted using the document 
procedure for ISO 639. Most of the requests came as a batch from the 
Columbia University Library. There is no roadmap for ISO 639-1/-2. Note, 
though, that a new work item proposal for ISO 639-3 is (I think) currently 
being balloted. Part 3 would provide a complementary set of 3-letter 
identifiers for individual languages covering the inventory of the 
Ethnologue as well as other languages out of scope for the Ethnologue. It 
would complement part 2 rather than replace it, and rather than simply 
adding thousands of new items to part 2, since there are may still be user 
communities that want a more restricted set, and that want a set that 
includes generic collections as well as individual languages.

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
Tel: +1 972 708 7485

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