Why alpha4 codes? [was: RE: Question on ISO-639:1988]

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Fri Jun 4 20:48:42 CEST 2004

> From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Debbie Garside

> >Why on earth are alpha4 codes suggested for these extended language
> Because Alpha3 capacity is not enough ...

This is precisely the kind of comment you repeatedly make, Debbie, that
I have problems with: it is an assertion made without any context, and
it's simply not valid to generalize like that. We have to ask: 

- Not enough *for what purposes*?

- How has it been determined it is not enough for those purposes?

- If greater capacity is needed for some purpose, how has it been
determined that alpha 4 rather than some other mechanism is the correct

So far, you haven't seemed to be taking these questions seriously, let
alone providing answers to them.

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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