Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at alvestrand.no
Thu Jun 19 09:07:38 CEST 2003

--On onsdag, juni 18, 2003 19:27:35 +0200 Karl Ove Hufthammer 
<karl at huftis.org> wrote:

> Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald at alvestrand.no> wrote in
> news:205520000.1055712269 at askvoll.hjemme.alvestrand.no:
>>> - All 3-letter subtags are interpreted according to
>>> assignments found in ISO 639 part 2, "Codes for the
>>> representation of names of languages -- Part 2: Alpha-3
>>> code [ISO 639-2]", or assignments subsequently made by the
>>> ISO 639 part 2 maintenance agency or governing standardization
>>> bodies.
>> that's the first subtag, not the second.
> Sorry; I misread it. I were thinking of ISO 3166 alpha-3
> country codes. Do you know if there are any plans for
> standardising their use in language tags?

no - or rather: The notion is worth actively discouraging.

The alpha-3 codes are just aliases for the alpha-2 codes, so they would not 
give any added expressive power, and increase the number of tags that 
"mean" the same thing. That's not something I see any benefit from.

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