ISO 639 - New item approved - N'Ko

Richard Ishida ishida at
Wed Jun 7 14:57:11 CEST 2006

Would it make sense to have two Description entries, reflecting both the spellings used in the other standards (but perhaps with the smart apostrophe first)?


Type: language
Subtag: nqo
Description: N’Ko
Description: N'Ko
Suppress-Script: Nkoo
Added: 2006-xx-xx

There are precedents for multiple descriptions already, eg.

Type: language
Subtag: cu
Description: Church Slavic
Description: Old Slavonic
Description: Church Slavonic
Description: Old Bulgarian
Description: Old Church Slavonic
Added: 2005-10-16


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at 
> [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Doug Ewell
> Sent: 28 May 2006 00:38
> To: ietf-languages at
> Subject: Re: ISO 639 - New item approved - N'Ko
> This is just a reminder that we have more week to comment on 
> the proposal to add the following primary language subtag to 
> the Language Subtag Registry:
> Type: language
> Subtag: nqo
> Description: N’Ko
> Suppress-Script: Nkoo
> Added: 2006-xx-xx
> The items to be discussed are (1) the spelling of "N’Ko" with 
> a so-called "smart" apostrophe, U+2019, instead of the plain 
> ASCII character, and (2) the inclusion of the Suppress-Script 
> field.  The addition of the subtag itself is not subject to 
> debate; it reflects an addition to ISO 639 (announced by 
> Håvard but still not reflected on the official 639 Web site).
> So far there have been three voices in favor of item 1 and 
> none opposed, and four voices in favor of item 2 and none opposed.
> --
> Doug Ewell
> Fullerton, California, USA
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