ISO 639 JAC decision re mo/mol

Michael Everson everson at
Tue Nov 4 10:23:19 CET 2008

On 4 Nov 2008, at 06:19, Doug Ewell wrote:

> 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".

Indeed older Romanian from Romania is written in Cyrillic (Slavonic  
font variant).

>> B. 'ro':
>> - remove the suppress-script of Latn
> Agree, since the language is not overwhelmingly written in either  
> Latin or Cyrillic.

Erm, Romanian kind of *is* overwhelmingly written in Latin.

>> - 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".

As I said, both ro-Cyrl-RO and ro-Cyrl-MD are valid... and are not  
identical, either.

Michael Everson *

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