Correction for pinyin

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Mar 9 14:15:53 CET 2010

Mark Davis ⌛ <mark at macchiato dot com> wrote:

> A few people have stumbled over this; it might be useful to add a note 
> in the Description, if anyone's up for submitting a form.

So we would have:

Description: Pinyin (Cameroon)

or similar.  I think a better approach in this case would be to add a 
Comments field, something like "Spoken in Cameroon."  This would avoid 
setting a precedent for adding encyclopedic information to the 
Description, and would probably be more satisfactory to those who feel 
the Description needs to match the ISO 639 name exactly.

It would have been easy enough to check 'pny' against ISO 639-3 or 
Ethnologue, instead of assuming that we or the RA don't know the 
difference between a language and a transcription system.

Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14  |  ietf-languages @ ­

More information about the Ietf-languages mailing list