Ietf-languages Digest, Vol 74, Issue 1
cowan at ccil.org
Sun Feb 22 19:04:09 CET 2009
Anthony Aristar scripsit:
> Well, it's interesting to know the background for this set. But it
> raises a recurrent issue for ISO standards. More than once in the
> past I've seen a standard promulgated; yet the explanation for the
> oddities of that standard are known only to those who happen to be in
> a select group.
I hastily add that I am absolutely not on any inside track for ISO itself.
The fact that ISO 639-5 is a superset of ISO 639-2 is a patent fact,
no inside knowledge required. And although I am a BCP 47 (RFC 4646)
insider, that's a self-selected rather than a select group -- anyone
with an Internet connection can become an insider who's willing to learn
So I really don't know what the ISO purpose of 639-5 is meant to be.
I can speak only to the purpose of including its code elements in BCP 47.
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