(iso639.2708) RE: ISO 639-2 decision: "mis"

Doug Ewell dewell at roadrunner.com
Tue Jun 19 05:21:23 CEST 2007

Mark Davis <mark dot davis at icu dash project dot org> wrote:

> And the sad thing is that this instability in ISO codes is completely 
> avoidable. There is a perfectly good way to have the same functionality 
> *without* being unstable.
>   - Have a code I'll call here "root" (to avoid any misunderstanding
>   about the meaning of "mis".)
>   - Have it be valid to tag any language content with "root".
>   - State that one SHOULD tag as narrowly as possible, thus avoid
>   "root" if there is a more specific language code.

In other words, a code element exactly like Kent's interpretation of "mis", 
except that this "root" code element is being discussed in hypothetical 
terms, as it should be.

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

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