ISO 639-5

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Jul 29 06:37:10 CEST 2008

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at nic dot fr> wrote:

>> where and when will the details of ISO 639-5 standard be freely
>> available?
> Never? This is ISO, after all.

I hope this only refers to the details of the standard proper, not the 
code list, which is still not freely available.

As editor of 4645bis, I was a strong proponent of including the ISO 
639-5 code elements in the expanded Language Subtag Registry, provided 
that the 639-5 code list would be made freely available with little 
delay.  If this is not going to happen -- and I'm basing that likelihood 
not so much on Stéphane's remark as on the continuing lack of 
information from the RA -- then perhaps we in LTRU need to revisit that 
decision.  We require all of the other core standards to have freely 
available code lists.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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