Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script

Debbie Garside debbie at
Thu Jun 16 01:20:29 CEST 2005

ISO 639-3 was devised to provide a comprehensive set of identifiers for all
languages for use in a wide range of applications, including linguistics
(already covered by 639-1), lexicography (already covered by 639-2
terminology, which was also the original purpose of 639-1) and
internationalisation of information systems. It attempts to represent all
known languages.

I do not think it is a good idea to add a special purpose ID for something
that is not a language... it MAY open the flood gates for others... turning
639 into something other than a list of comprehensive identifiers for


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Constable
> Sent: 15 June 2005 23:50
> To: ietf-languages at
> Subject: RE: Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script
> > From: Debbie Garside [mailto:debbie at]
> > > *I've floated the idea with the ISO 639/RA-JAC of adding a
> > > special-purpose ID for "n/a -- no linguistic content" cases.
> >
> > I really hope they have the good sense to throw that idea out...!
> Please explain why you consider this such a bad idea.
> Peter Constable
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