SV: ISO 639 name change: Asturian

Håvard Hjulstad havard at
Wed Jan 3 19:54:17 CET 2007

According to the current procedures, the announcement should precede the
implementation. Regretfully there are some changes that haven't been
announced in the proper way, and I will circulate a few more announcements
during the coming days to catch up. I will, however, add the note that the
announcement relates to an item that has already been updated.

As for the future, there will be significant procedural changes. All details
haven't been worked out yet, but these are some of the basics: ISO 639 will
(most likely in the course of 2007) move to a "Standard as database",
utilizing software that is being developed for ISO Central Secretariat. This
software will both support the maintenance process and (more or less)
automate the announcements, which will be generated by the database itself.
The database will be freely available on the web also in the future.

There will be a period between the publication of ISO 639-3 and the
implementation of "ISO 639 as database". The plan is to avoid release of new
items during this period.


Håvard Hjulstad
  mailto:havard at / mailto:hhj at

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[mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] På vegne av Doug Ewell
Sendt: 3. januar 2007 17:57
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Emne: Re: ISO 639 name change: Asturian


I note with a bit more concern that while this announcement precedes any
changes to the ISO 639-2 Web site, Håvard's other two announcements (for
Romansh and Mapudungun) come well after those changes were added to the Web
site, and in fact those changes have already been made in the Registry.
Sometimes the Web site is not changed for months after Håvard makes an
announcement.  Because some people do treat these names as normative or
official, it can be a problem when announcements are sent but the Web site
is not changed until much later, or vice versa.

Is there some plan, with the impending publication of ISO 639-3 (which has a
formal concept of "reference name"), to make the change process more
predictable and ensure that the two components (e-mail announcement and Web
site update) occur more or less simultaneously?

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

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