ISO 639 - New item approved - N'Ko

Mark Davis mark.davis at
Thu Jun 8 17:11:16 CEST 2006

I disagree. We talked about this at some length, and we *don't* want
to see, for example, each set of descriptions expand into something
like the following. The goal is simply to add descriptions that serve
to distinguish the tag from others.

Type:	region
Subtag:	US
Description:                       Ameerika Ühendriigid
Description:                       ʻAmelika Hui Pū ʻIa
Description:                       Amerika Birleşik Devletleri
Description:                       Amerika Serikat
Description:                       Amerika Syarikat
Description:                       Ameriketako Estatu Batuak
Description:                       Bandaríkin
Description:                       Egyesült Államok
Description:                       Estados Unidos
Description:                       Estats Units
Description:                       États-Unis
Description:                       Hoa Kỳ
Description:                       Jungtinės Valstijos
Description:                       Jungtinės Valstijos US
Description:                       Muungano wa Nchi za Amerika
Description:                       Qaramada Midoobey ee Maraykanka
Description:                       Qo'shma Shtatlar
Description:                       Sambandsríki Amerika
Description:                       Shtetet e Bashkuara të Amerikës
Description:                       Sjedinjene Američke Države
Description:                       Sjedinjene Države
Description:                       Spojené státy
Description:                       Spojené štáty
Description:                       Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá
Description:                       Stany Zjednoczone
Description:                       Statele Unite
Description:                       Stati Uniti
Description:                       United States
Description:                       USA
Description:                       Usono
Description:                       Vereinigte Staaten
Description:                       Verenigde  State van Amerika
Description:                       Verenigde Staten
Description:                       Yhdysvallat
Description:                       Yr Unol Daleithiau
Description:                       Združene države Amerike
Description:                       Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Description:                       Ἡνωμένες Πολιτεῖες
Description:                       Злучаныя Штаты
Description:                       Қўшма Штатлар
Description:                       Обединети Држави
Description:                       САЩ
Description:                       Сједињене Америчке Државе
Description:                       Соединенные Штаты
Description:                       США
Description:                       Ամէրիկայի Միացյալ Նահանգնէր
Description:                       ארצות הברית
Description:                       الاولايات المتحدة الامريكية
Description:                       ایالات متحدهٔ امریکا
Description:                       ایالات متحدهی امریکا
Description:                       संयुक्त राज्य अमरिका
Description:                       মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্র
Description:                       સંયુકત રાજ્ય અમેરિકા
Description:                       ஐக்கிய அமெரிக்கா குடியரசு
Description:                       ఐక్య రాష్ట్ర అమెరిక
Description:                       สหรัฐอเมริกา
Description:                       ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ
Description:                       ამერიკის შეერთებული შტატები
Description:                       アメリカ合衆国
Description:                       미국
Description:                       美国
Description:                       美國
Description:                       አሜሪካ
Description:                       ཡུ་ནའིཊེཊ་སི་ཊེསི
Description:                       សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក
(Of course, this would be even clumsier when escaped.)

On 6/8/06, Addison Phillips <addison at> wrote:
> > The concept of multiple Description fields was intended to reflect
> > situations where two or more genuinely different names are used to
> > identify the same language.  This does not mean providing
> > translations
> > of a language name into multiple languages (German, Deutsch,
> > allemand,
> > tedesco, etc.), but providing alternative names -- generally in their
> > English form -- that are likely to translate to alternative names in
> > other languages as well.
> This is not quite true.
> Multiple description fields were introduced to allow multiple descriptions of languages. In particular, they were intended to address criticism that only English and/or English-like Latin transcription was permitted in the registry. The RFC allows nearly any language to be registered and it doesn't delineate what is or is not appropriate to *consider* for registration. The initial registry contains only the English transcriptions of language names from ISO 639 and that will likely be the continuing policy for future initial registrations. But there is no rule against other registrations, should this list develop consensus in favor of them. The purpose was exactly to provide support for other languages, notwithstanding the Working Group's feeling that these were unnecessary.
> Addison
> Addison Phillips
> Internationalization Architect - Yahoo! Inc.
> Internationalization is an architecture.
> It is not a feature.
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