deprecating www as language code

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Fri Apr 8 09:03:05 CEST 2011

On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 03:23:51PM -0500,
 ISO639-3 <iso639-3 at> wrote 
 a message of 21 lines which said:

> As more and more websites use the ISO 639 language codes, there are
> some problems with certain codes when they are used in URLs. For
> example, the code 'www', which is used for the Wawa language of
> Cameroon, is problematic because when it is used as subdomain, it
> obviously conflicts with the root domain.

I understand the rationale (although the root cause is that HTTP,
stupidly, does not use SRV records and instead rely on the 'www'
convention), but remember that, even if ISO 639 changes the code, RFC
5646 rules (section 3.4) will still make the code live forever (even
if it is with "Deprecated: 2011-04-08" and "Preferred-Value: wwx").

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