Criteria for languages?

Peter Constable petercon at
Sat Dec 5 01:45:18 CET 2009

We should not be second guessing. If the MARC community tells us (or, rather, tells the 639-3 RA and JAC) they are not dependent on assuming that Latgalian is encompassed by lav, fine; otherwise, the onus lies on the JAC to ensure that they don't make changes that create risks for consumers of ISO 639 such as MARC.

That's my opinion.


-----Original Message-----
From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 3:19 PM
To: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion
Subject: Re: Criteria for languages?

On 4 Dec 2009, at 23:03, John Cowan wrote:

> Michael Everson scripsit:
>> Honestly. How many Latgalian texts does the LOC have tagged? 6? 60?
>> 600? 6,000? It cannot possibly be 60,000.
> It's not just the LoC, it's all the other librarians who follow MARC 
> guidelines.

Even so. My question stands. Surely this can be quantified.

Michael Everson *

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