639-3 updates

Doug Ewell dewell at roadrunner.com
Wed May 16 17:18:12 CEST 2007

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

> At 13:17 +0200 2007-05-13, Frank Ellermann wrote:
>> It's the purpose of the language subtag registry to protect the Internet 
>> from incompatible changes or similar surprises.
> Forgive me, but I was under the impression that the registry was a bit 
> more than a condom. Its primary purpose is to allow the registration of 
> entities which are not otherwise encoded.

Protecting against incompatible ISO changes is certainly "a" purpose of the 
Registry; RFC 4646 states this in Section 8 and elsewhere.

The Registry serves many other useful purposes as well, and I don't see any 
benefit in arguing over which is "the" most important.

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

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