Milos Rancic millosh at
Mon Jun 14 20:29:42 CEST 2010

On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 20:08, Peter Constable <petercon at> wrote:
> ISO 639 codes languages, however, not orthographies. Clearly we have other
> cases of a single language being spelled differently in different regions,
> and Region subtags being used to capture those distinctions; e.g. en-US vs.
> en-GB, though the character inventories in those two orthographies are the
> same. Assuming the veracity of that claim (which I haven’t personally
> verified), do three extra letters imply that it would be overall better for
> implementations to tag “Montenegrin” with a distinct language ID rather than
> using “sr-ME”?

ISO 639 codes orthographies, languages or very close spoken or written
varieties, depending on political circumstances. The main examples for
very flexible policy are codes for Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

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