ISO 639 JAC decision re mo/mol

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Nov 4 06:19:56 CET 2008

Mark Davis wrote:

> There are, however, two changes that need to be made to the IANA 
> registry for this:
> A. 'mo':
> - deprecate and add preferred code "ro-Cyrl".

Disagree.  ro-MD is not necessarily written in Cyrillic.  The 
Preferred-value should be "ro".

> B. 'ro':
> - remove the suppress-script of Latn

Agree, since the language is not overwhelmingly written in either Latin 
or Cyrillic.

> - add a comment that Romanian as used in Moldavia ("ro-MD") is 
> typically called "Moldovan" or "Moldavian" and written in Cyrillic. It 
> is thus generally equivalent in function to "ro-Cyrl-MD".

Disagree.  It is generally equivalent to "ro-MD".

Rather than adding a comment, it should be sufficient to add "Moldavian" 
and "Moldovan" as additional Description fields for 'ro'.  This is 
analogous to having both "Dutch" and "Flemish" for the language subtag 
'nl' without having to explain in a comment that one name is used in the 
Netherlands and the other is used in Belgium.

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

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