A bunch of CS (was: Re: New Last Call: 'Tags for Identifying Languages' to BCP)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Thu Dec 16 15:35:06 CET 2004

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> There are two possibilities:
> (1)  The current plan: use CS to refer to historic Czechoslovakia and YU
> to refer to Serbia and Montenegro.  This is consistent with most
> historic data, but not with the current ISO 3166 definitions.

Well, the question is, is there any such historic data in language tags?
As you say, the deassignment of CS precedes RFC 1766.

> (2)  An alternative plan: use CS to refer to Serbia and Montenegro and
> 200 (the former UN M.49 code) to refer to Czechoslovakia.  This protects
> the controversial ISO 3166 reassignment of CS, and saddles historic
> Czechoslovakia with a numeric code nobody has ever heard of.

3) The "plague o' both your houses" plan:  grandfather cs-CS, sk-CS,
and sr-CS, and remove CS from the RFC 3066bis registry in favor of
200 and 891.

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