Fwd: ISO 639 name changes
doug at ewellic.org
Wed Mar 18 04:28:00 CET 2009
Rebecca S Guenther <rgue at loc dot gov> wrote:
> In response to recent messages on this list about the name changes in
> ISO 639-2, below is a copy of the message that went out to several
> lists including this one on Dec. 22, 2008 (I didn't keep all copies
> but it was copied to ietf-languages at iana.org). Sorry about the columns
> getting messed up.
This message never made it to the ietf-languages list according to the
Web archive, the monthly downloadable text files, and my saved digests.
> The purpose was to harmonize the names in all part of ISO 639, not to
> change the scope.
Well, it's not a distinction that is reflected formally in the Registry,
although some list members are interested in it. To the extent that the
new names are seen as a change of scope, each of them would be
considered a "broadening change," which is permitted by RFC 4646, and
which will make these subtags quite a bit easier to use.
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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