What's the plan for ISO 639-3 and RFC 3066 ter?

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Aug 16 05:52:54 CEST 2004

Doug Ewell scripsit:

>  And if ISO 639-3 DOESN'T want to assign "min"
> because it would conflict with ISO 639-2, that's OK too; 

That's a given.  ISO 639-2, 693-3, and 639-5 are all drawn from the
same TLA space.

> Exceptional cases
> like this don't break the usefulness of the extlang mechanism.

We are eventually going to have to decide what to do about ISO 639-3.
Do we allow all 639-3 tags in the first place, or do we allow them
only as extlangs?  Saying "both" would be most obnoxious, since
every ISO 639-3 code is either identical to a 639-2 one or is
subsumed (sometimes badly) by one.

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