639-3 updates

Doug Ewell dewell at adelphia.net
Sun May 13 06:40:46 CEST 2007

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

> 639-3/RA (i.e. SIL) has said that it will announce in July the outcome
> of 129 change requests (the list closed as of March), some of which
> affect us:  for example, 2006-044 merges Yinglish into English,
> retiring 'yib'; 2006-001 splits Belgian Sign language into French
> Belgian Sign and Dutch Belgian Sign, retiring 'bvs'; and 2006-129
> converts Catalan into a macrolanguage, encompassing "Catalan
> (individual language)" and "Valencian".

I wish I'd known about that last one before we registered 'valencia'.

> IMHO it would be way better if we waited to find out which of these
> changes go through and which don't, so that we don't end up adding
> records to the LSR only to deprecate them immediately thereafter.
> Remember that if 639-3/RA makes a change, we *must* follow them; there
> is no choice in the matter by the terms of 4646bis.

Absolutely correct.  "Deprecated in infancy" is almost as bad as
"deprecated at birth."

OK, expect to see draft-ietf-ltru-4645bis-02 sometime in July, I guess.

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

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