"gd" and "ga", or "gla" and "gld"

Caoimhin O Donnaile caoimhin at smo.uhi.ac.uk
Wed Sep 3 20:01:31 CEST 2003

I have been thinking that the time has possibly come to give
language labels to the many thousands of pages on our Gaelic college
website.  But should I use:

   <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="gd">
   <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="ga">

for Scottish and Irish Gaelic respectively, or should I use the
three-letter codes

   <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="gla">
   <meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="gle">

I seem to remember a rule saying that two-letter codes should be used
if these are available, but my tidy mind would prefer three-letter codes
for all languages, and I have a feeling that these might be on the
way with the unification between Ethnologue codes and ISO 639-2.

(Actually I would have preferred four-letter codes for languages
and three-letter codes for scripts, but I guess it is a bit late
for that idea?)


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