Formal request for explanation of IANA delay

IANA iana at
Fri Mar 24 17:59:47 CET 2006


Apologies for the delay in replying to this message.  There were some
connectivity issues that did not allow me to check the IANA box from the
IETF Meeting in Dallas.

Future submissions should be taken care of in a timely manner (around 1

Luc, we will be contacting you separately regarding the el-Latn tag as we
have some questions.

Thank you and best regards,

Michelle Cotton
(on behalf of IANA)

-----Original Message-----
From: Luc Pardon [mailto:lucp at] 
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 12:16 PM
To: iana at
Cc: ietf-languages at
Subject: Re: Formal request for explanation of IANA delay

   On 28-09-05 at 23:53, almost six months ago, under the then current
RFC3066, the language tag reviewer, Michael Everson, sent a message to
iana at, titled "I approve the registration of el-Latn (Greek in Latin
script)". The body of the message contained the registration as resquested
by me.

   It seems this message was never acted upon by IANA, although everybody on
this list seems to agree that RFC3066 was still active back then.

   Unless I am mistaken, all IANA had to do is cut and paste this request
into 2 (two) HTML pages that form the registry.

   About 2006-01-04 the RFC3066 registry was closed without el-Latn being

   I would appreciate an explanation for the 3+ month inactivity.

   Related question: Both 3066 and whatever-will-some-day-succeed-3066
stipulate the review process in more or less elaborate detail, but stop
short when the reviewer thows the request over the fence. Is there a
document that describes the process thereafter, the delays that are to be
expected, the complaints procedure if the delays are not respected? 
If not, why not?

    Luc Pardon

Doug Ewell wrote:
> I am writing to request a prompt explanation from IANA regarding its 
> delay in registering the following seven updates to the Language 
> Subtag Registry, defined by RFC-ietf-ltru-registry-14.txt:
> anp
> (
> tml)
> frr
> (
> tml)
> frs
> (
> tml)
> fy
> (
> tml)
> gsw
> (
> tml)
> krl
> (
> tml)
> zxx
> (
> tml)
> As of Monday, March 20, 17:15 UTC, these updates were not reflected in 
> the official Registry located at 
> These registration instructions were submitted to IANA by the Language 
> Subtag Reviewer on March 8, twelve days ago, in accordance with 
> Section
> 3.3 of RFC-ietf-ltru-registry-14.txt.  They reflect changes in the 
> underlying ISO 639-1 and 639-2 standards; the Registry is required to 
> keep pace with such changes.  As with all such instructions, there is 
> no administrative decision to be made by IANA except to insert the 
> updates in the Registry as described in Section 5.1 of 
> RFC-ietf-ltru-registry-14.txt.  This is a purely clerical task.
> RFC-ietf-ltru-registry-14.txt does not specify a time frame by which 
> IANA must act on registration submissions from the Reviewer.  However, 
> keeping the Registry updated in a timely manner is paramount to the 
> success of the language tagging process described in the RFC, and one 
> of the main motivations for the LTRU project that created it.  An 
> unexplained delay of nearly two weeks for this task does not seem 
> justified.
> If this request for action and/or explanation by IANA may only be made 
> by the Reviewer, in accordance with Section 3.2, then I ask that the 
> Reviewer make this request on my behalf.
> I expect that IANA will be able to explain the delay promptly and 
> satisfactorily, and that it will not foreshadow an ongoing pattern 
> with regard to its maintenance of the Registry.
> --
> Doug Ewell
> Fullerton, California, USA
> Editor, RFC-ietf-ltru-initial-06.txt
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