New ISO 639 identifier: zbl = Blissymbols

Doug Ewell dewell at
Thu Aug 9 09:02:21 CEST 2007

Håvard Hjulstad <HHj at standard dot no> wrote:

> The ISO 639 Registration Authorities' Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) 
> has decided to approve the following item to be included in the ISO 
> 639-2 and the ISO 639-3 code tables:
> Alpha-3 identifier: zbl
> English names: Blissymbols; Blissymbolics; Bliss
> This is an artificial language. It is a written language only; by its 
> nature it has no spoken form.

Well, now.  Blissymbols is both a language (zbl) and a script (Blis). 
zbl can only be written in Blis, and Blis can only be used to write zbl. 
This ought to be the easiest Suppress-Script decision in the history of 

Posted for a one-week review period, before being submitted to IANA on 
Thursday, August 16:

Type: language
Subtag: zbl
Description: Blissymbols
Description: Blissymbolics
Description: Bliss
Added: 2007-xx-xx
Suppress-Script: Blis

It's almost a shame we can't add a Suppress-Language field to Blis, for 
good measure.  (Just kidding.)

Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14

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