Indonesian and extlang...

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Fri Jan 1 12:22:02 CET 2010

Den 2010-01-01 05.43, skrev "Doug Ewell" <doug at>:

> Nope, it wasn't that.  Although my program that merged ISO 639-3 code
elements into the Registry did skip over the two-letter subtags, like 
> it missed the rule about not creating extlangs out of existing 
> subtags.

This error was exposed beginning in draft-4645bis-09, after ISO
> 639-3 
added 21 more languages (including Indonesian and Minangkabau) to the
three already encompassed under the macrolanguage 'msa'.

I would have regarded not including it as a bug, in addition
to the id/ind one.

You may record my general disagreement with adding extlangs for
any primary language subtag that does not have extlangs already
(say for Lithuanian). The extlangs was only a vehicle for a
compromise; but that has long past. Lots of primary language
tags that are/were macrolanguages were excluded from being
extlang bases. In the long run (this is not a request for
considering this now) I think all the "extlang" records
should be formally deprecated; they are semi-deprecated now
by having preferred-values.

    /kent k

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