Region subtags under 3066 and 3066bis (long)

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Feb 20 15:08:09 CET 2005

Frank Ellermann scripsit:

> OTOH fy-DE is ambiguous (one of two fy which are not fy-NL)

Trying to use country codes to distinguish the three fy languages,
which are radically different, is hopeless.  That is the proper
domain of ISO 639-3 and the eventual RFC 3066ter.

The prototypical use of country codes is to distinguish between national
orthographical conventions, though they can be, and have been, pressed
into other service both legitimately and illegitimately (using
zh-TW for Traditional Chinese and zh-CN for Simplified Chinese being
a sterling example of the latter).

> And the population of a future FQ
> will hate the obscure UN number and you, when everybody else 
> (maybe minus GG, IM, and JE) has "real" alpha-2 country codes.

Oderint dum metuant.  :-)

Is a chair finely made tragic or comic? Is the          John Cowan
portrait of Mona Lisa good if I desire to see           cowan at
it? Is the bust of Sir Philip Crampton lyrical,
epical or dramatic?  If a man hacking in fury 
at a block of wood make there an image of a cow,
is that image a work of art? If not, why not?               --Stephen Dedalus

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