Wikimedia language codes

Debbie Garside debbie at
Sun Nov 12 21:38:37 CET 2006

Fair comment.  But I think there is a high probability that this need will
increase in the not too distant future. Perhaps IETF-languages and more
importantly the LTRU WG should start at least thinking about how this need
could possibly be met in the future by ISO DIS 639-6 without necessarily
obstructing RFC4646bis.

Now is the time to consider ISO 639-6 in order that any requests for changes
to the data structure can be considered and implemented where necessary, not
in a years time when it will be virtually set in stone.  

Best regards

Debbie Garside
(cross posted to LTRU WG)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephane Bortzmeyer [mailto:bortzmeyer at] 
> Sent: 12 November 2006 20:21
> To: Debbie Garside
> Cc: gerardm at; ietf-languages at
> Subject: Re: Wikimedia language codes
> On Sun, Nov 12, 2006 at 06:16:35PM -0000,  Debbie Garside 
> <debbie at> wrote  a message of 119 lines which said:
> > Your need is for ISO 639-6. This part of the ISO 639 family 
> is due for 
> > publication in January 2008.
> I do not think that the Wikimedia Foundation (which has the problem
> now) can wait and I do not see why RFC 4646 does not solve 
> the technical side of the problem today.

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