Retired 639-3 codes
doug at ewellic.org
Fri Dec 11 15:38:13 CET 2009
Gerard Meijssen <gerard dot meijssen at openprogress dot org> wrote:
> There are several reasons why the Wikipedias do not conform to the
> IETF language tags. The first one was that at first the community
> could and did ask for a Wikipedia in a language that was not
> recognised and often still is not recognised in any way. When you
> couple this to the insistance that "own" codes could be made up, you
> will realise that this resulted in a fine mess. The second reason was
> that the time it took for the IETF to recognise the ISO-639-3 was
> considered too long. The existing language policy requires an
> ISO-639-3 code. When people want to have a Wikipedia for instance in
> Latgalian, they have to ask for it and, they do.
There's no reason they couldn't have followed the rules of BCP 47, at
least, and created private-use tags beginning with "x-" with subtags not
exceeding 8 letters.
"roa-tara" and "zh-classical" are not ISO 639-3 code elements, so that
argument doesn't work here.
Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | http://www.ewellic.org
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