Retired 639-3 codes

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Fri Dec 11 13:19:20 CET 2009

My preference is to NOT create records in LSR for retired language
codes that were never in the LSR.

I see a much stronger case for adding records for three-letter
codes that have two-letter code equivalents, and also for
adding "UK" with the preferred value "GB". These were discussed
during LTRU (with me in the supporting group), but such additions
were turned down at the time.

    /kent k

As for Wikipedia, the conformance to IETF language tags for
Wikipedia "labels" is far from complete.

For instance:
simple, bat-sng, roa-tara, roa-rup, fiu-vro, map-bms, zh-classical,
and cbk-zam aren't IANA language tags. Here I'm just picking those
that stand out clearly.

Another example is that "arc" (639: Imperial Aramaic, used 700-300 BCE)
is used by Wikipedia for Assyrian Neo-Aramaic ("aii" with macrolanguage
"syr" in 639-3). I'm sure there are more oddities.



Den 2009-12-11 07.59, skrev "John Cowan" <cowan at>:

> Michael(tm) Smith scripsit:
>> This is a request to add the retired tag "eml" to the IANA
>> language-subtag registry as a grandfathered tag. I realize this is
>> an odd request; for the rationale, see "6. Any other relevant
>> information" below.
> I can't see adding it as a grandfathered tag, but there are plenty of
> retired/deprecated tags in the registry now with more to come, and I
> think there's a case that the 145 639-3 code elements that were retired
> while LTRU labored should be inserted now.  I can't find anything in
> RFC 5646 preventing us from creating pre-deprecated entries.
> ...

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