Martin Gomez pgomez at
Sat Jan 3 18:14:06 CET 2004


I understand the IETF Languages follow ISO 639 and 639-2. However, it's funny
that Filipino isn't included in ISO 639. Included in ISO 639 are Cebuano,
Tagalog, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Pampanga, Palauan (Palawan), Pangasinan, etc.
Though, the only one with the two-letter code is Tagalog. Further, some of the
names stated in ISO 639 are names of places and not of the languages.

Being a very diverse nation with a very rich history, these are just some of
many local languages found in the Philippines. There are a lot of other
languages that are not properly documented by the ISO. I have no idea why. Note
that these are languages and not just dialects.

Even if we are given all these, Filipino is the national language as stated in
Section 6 Article 14 of the Philippine Constitution

Therefore, I would like to suggest the inclusion of Filipino and the use of "ph"
as the language code as .ph is listed as the country's ccTLD, and "fi" is
already taken for Finnish. Another choice would be "fl" or "fil" but I'm more
confident with "ph".


Martin Gomez
Researcher, Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center
CTC 213, Ateneo de Manila University, QC 1108 /

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