Registration request: "mis" comment clarifying meaning

Peter Constable petercon at
Fri May 11 23:40:02 CEST 2007

Just a heads up:

The ISO 639 JAC has been discussing 'mis' and it's likely that some change will be made to clarify the intended purpose, including a change to the name property. So, it probably makes sense to hold off any changes for this ID in the LSTR.


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From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 12:26 PM
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Subject: Re: Registration request: "mis" comment clarifying meaning

At 10:44 -0700 2007-05-11, Addison Phillips wrote:

>>He's changed his comment request from "A collection of languages
>>which don't belong to any other collection" to "A collection of
>>unrelated languages which don't belong to any other ISO 639
>It's his prerogative as an the requester. May I assume that you
>rejected the previous request?

Who knows? ;-) It is not a linguistic issue, it is a meta-issue. That
is why I asked John Cowan to look for consensus aye or nay and report
back. He didn't. My initial view was toward rejection; John didn't
report consensus either way. (Also there was the WG2 meeting in
Frankfurt and preparing the 10646 ballots which took my attention
toward the end of that period.)

>>And we have to spend another fortnight arguing about this?
>There is no requirement that we argue. There is a requirement that
>you give the request two weeks

There was argument the last time.

>And also that Frank may modify his request if you reject an earlier request:

Whee! Then it can go on forever and ever and ever...

>>Is "mis" a subtag? Or is it a tag?
>It is a subtag:
>    Type:                                language
>    Subtag:                              mis

I saw that he wrote "Subtag". :-L

>Of course, you can reject said requests. However, you must cite the
>reason on the list. And you have to put up with non-abusive attempts
>to address your objections by submitting a new request. Much of this
>is actually at your discretion.

So far I think that this comment is out of scope and is something
that should be done either in the RFC or on the ISO 639 side. I see
that Kent agrees with that assessment.
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