ISO 639, RFC 464* & African languages
randy_presuhn at mindspring.com
Thu Nov 29 19:59:39 CET 2007
Hi Don -
Information regarding the situation with languages in addition
to the ones that have already received intensive discussion would
be most welcome. I think that some of the follow-ups to your
message will belong on ietf-languages at iana.org, and others
on ltru at ietf.org.
Here's how I'd recommend dispatching them:
- data that would help the extlang / macrolanguage discussion
should go to ltru at ietf.org
- discussion of registration process, or the types of information
that should be included with registration requests or recorded
in the registry, should go to ltru at ietf.org
- discussion of guidelines to be documented belongs on ltru at ietf.org
- requests at add a new code or to modify information associated
with some specific subtag should go to ietf-lanaguages at iana.org
I hope this will help minimize the need for cross-posting.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Osborn" <dzo at bisharat.net>
To: <ietf-languages at iana.org>; <ltru at lists.ietf.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 9:39 AM
Subject: ISO 639, RFC 464* & African languages
Not sure about where is most appropriate to bring this up so will bring it up on both ltru and ietf-languages (with apologies for
I've been in discussions about a project to facilitate writing of locales for African languages, and in that discussion I have
suggested that the effort keep notes on the categories of language headings available in ISO 639 for this purpose.
I feel this is a unique opportunity to gather information on application of these tags in specific work relating to use of a number
of African languages in ICT. I don't expect anything dramatic, but hope this helps get discussions past the few examples generally
circulated (including ones that some readers may be tired of seeing from me).
It may possibly lead to some suggestions re new codes. It might also lead to other observations re use of existing codes.
1) thoughts or guidelines on the above, what specifics to look for, etc.
2) ideal follow-up with the RFC process and its post 464* iterations if/as indicated; I understand of course about the processes for
applying for new ISO 639 codes, which the event they are necessary (at the very least I would expect one for Runyakitara) would
probably be initiated by country-level partners
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