FYI: withdrawal of ISO 639-6
petercon at microsoft.com
Wed Oct 22 02:54:59 CEST 2014
While ISO 639-6 did get approved and published, the code table for 639-6 has never been made fully available in a usable manner. What data has been available has been looked at by lots of people with a response that they don't find it particularly useful for any practical application. Moreover, the agency that was designated as registration authority appears to have ceased its operations. In a nutshell, 639-6 had in many respects failed.
For the record, I supported this decision, but I don't think I was a particular factor in this. There was input from multiple countries suggesting that this be withdrawn. Not surprisingly
From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at ccil.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:26 PM
To: Peter Constable
Cc: ietf-languages at alvestrand.no
Subject: Re: FYI: withdrawal of ISO 639-6
Peter Constable scripsit:
> At the TC37/SC2 meeting this past summer in Berlin, a decision was
> taken to initiate a committee ballot to withdraw ISO 639-6, "Alpha-4
> code for comprehensive coverage of language variants". That ballot has
> just closed and has passed (simple majority required). At this point,
> national bodies will be notified and given two months in which they
> can raise objections to withdrawal.
Thanks for the heads-up. Were any reasons given?
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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