Question on ISO-639:1988

jcowan at jcowan at
Thu Jun 3 22:24:56 CEST 2004

Peter Constable scripsit:

> I consider this to be a *non* requirement for coding systems, and in
> fact an impossibility. (Ironically, it has been mainly David Dalby who
> has suggested to me that greater consideration should be given to
> mnemonicity in ISO 639-3 than I have though necessary.)

I think the important point is not so much mnemonicity but the avoidance
of overpacking, as shown in my Japanese/Buginese postings; allowing for
loose packing often makes mnemonicity possible as a side benefit.

BTW, Peter, would you be willing and able to give a brief progress report
on 639-3?  In particular, has the East Texas Chain Shift been completely
worked out yet?

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