Another update to registry

McDonald, Ira imcdonald at
Fri Oct 22 23:01:10 CEST 2004


I was going to suggest changing ';' to '/' (forward slash),
because it's utterly harmless in name or description sections
to the underlying meaning and quite visibly _not_ a comma.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
phone: +1-906-494-2434
email: imcdonald at

-----Original Message-----
From: ietf-languages-bounces at
[mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at]On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 4:23 PM
To: Doug Ewell
Cc: ietf-languages at
Subject: Re: Another update to registry

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> One of the unfortunate aspects of the registry being specified in RFC
> 3066bis as a semicolon-delimited text file is that there is no provision
> for descriptions that contain a semicolon, and ISO 639-2/RA seems to be
> doing this more and more often.  

I suggest changing "; " in ISO 639-2 to " -- ".

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the Candensian plane, which is very much like       jcowan at
ours, only more of it consists of Toronto."
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