A proposed solution for descriptions

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Jun 19 05:50:28 CEST 2006

Debbie Garside scripsit:

> This would open the "flood gates" in my opinion.  I am sure there is
> both "currency and historical usage" for translation of most of the
> names in many a number of languages.  Bad move to add it just because
> it is an English translation.

I agree, particularly since it seems very important to the Ivoirian
government that the country be called "Cote d'Ivoire" in all languages,
and not a translation thereof.

> > It's important to keep in mind that when we start talking 
> > about ISO 639-3, there are some pairs of language names that 
> > differ only in diacritical marks.  For example, Arua and Aruá 
> > are two different languages.  In a case like this, we will 
> > not want to provide an ASCII fallback of any sort for Aruá, 
> > because that would give us two languages with the same name.
> WRONG.  There will be one description for the first instance and two
> for the second. This is perfectly understood as a human or when being
> parsed so long as a written methodology is included within the standard.
> Remember what the alpha2/3 code is for.  I would suggest coming to
> some sort of tentative agreement on the records proposed by Doug and
> then tackling this with written rules in RFC3066ter.

The trouble will be that people will look up "Arua" and enter the
code for the other one, not realizing that there is a collision.
I don't know what to do about this, but it *is* a problem that will
have to be considered.

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