deprecating www as language code

Richard BUDELBERGER budelberger.richard at
Fri Apr 8 13:58:00 CEST 2011

> Message du 07/04/11 22:24
> De : ISO639-3 
> A : ietf-languages at
> Objet : deprecating www as language code
> Dear IETF Readers,
> I have had the suggestion to deprecate www in the language coding. See the message below, and let me know what you think:
> 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.
> For example, the English Wikipdia is because its ISO 639-1 code is 'en'.
> For the Wawa Wikipedia, this would be which conflicts with the portal.

And what about gay for gayo ? !

> I propose to change 'www' to for example 'wwx' ('waw' and others are already taken).
> Thank you for your input.
> Melinda Lyons
> ISO 639-3 RA
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