RFC3066bis: looking ahead

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Wed Jan 21 18:47:56 CET 2004


> or you could just wait and use the alpha4 coding system of over 25,000
> languages and sublanguages proposed by Linguasphere ICT (ready this
> This system gives all languages, sub-languages/dialects their own
> code :-)) and the system will be concatenated with scripts, ISO 639
> and countries.

ISO 639-6 is not even an approved work item, but you're already assuming
it will get incorporated into some future version of RFC 3066. This
seems premature: the suggestion appears to be made in the absence of
adequate consideration of implementation issues, of which there are

Nobody here knows yet what ISO 639-6 will be like (even assuming anyone
can be certain such a standard will eventually be published), so it is
impossible for anyone to evaluate at this point how it would integrate
with a successor to RFC 3066. One can't even say exactly what all the
implementation issues are that would need to be considered!

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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