Linguasphere -- An appeal for clarity

Misha Wolf Misha.Wolf at
Fri Jun 4 19:31:56 CEST 2004

RFC 3066 already has a rule for the exclusion of certain ISO 639-2 
codes.  It could also have a rule for the exclusion of certain ISO 
639-6 codes (such as "exclude all codes").

Misha Wolf
Standards Manager
Product and Platform Architecture Group
Reuters Limited

-----Original Message-----
From: jcowan at [mailto:jcowan at] 
Sent: 04 June 2004 18:14
To: Misha Wolf
Cc: Jeremy Carroll; ietf-languages at
Subject: Re: Linguasphere -- An appeal for clarity

Misha Wolf scripsit:

> It is about language identification so it clearly overlaps our 
> domain of interest.  If it were a Good Thing but unsuited for 
> eg "Accept-Language" and "xml:lang" then it would be perfectly 
> fine for it to be adopted as an ISO standard and for some other 
> RFC (or other spec) to define how it is to be used, eg in XML, 
> for example via linguasphere:lang="abcd".

I can't agree with you there.  If Linguasphere becomes ISO 639-6 (as
Ethnologue is becoming ISO 639-3, not without changes), then there will
be to say the least pressures to accept 639-6 codes in some successor
to RFC 3066.  This is not about a whole separate ISO standard, it is
a different part to the existing ISO standard that RFC 3066 is already
making use of.  Its overall suitability has to be discussed here.

John Cowan  jcowan at
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