[mo/mol] and [ro/ron/rum]

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Fri Aug 13 22:08:15 CEST 2004

ISO 639 has separate entries for Moldavian (alpha2 = mo) and Romanian
(alpha2 = ro). Moldavian was an artificially-constructed distinction
created by the Soviet-backed administrations - an attempt at language
engineering that failed. This included introduction of Cyrillic script
in Moldova, but that country has reverted to use of Latin script. Every
indication I have seen is that there is no language distinction between
Moldavian and Romanian.


The question on which I'd like feedback is this: if the identifiers for
Moldavian in ISO 639 were to be deprecated, would there be any negative
impact on IT applications?


To fill in the details, the deprecated IDs would not be removed from the
standard or made available for re-assignment; it would be like
deprecation of a character in Unicode: it's still there with the same
semantics, but the best-practice recommendation is not to generate it.






Peter Constable

Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies

Microsoft Windows Division

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