'zg' not assigned (was: ISO 639-3 changes)

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Thu Feb 12 06:09:01 CET 2015

I just saw this and the earlier message indicating that "zg" had been added. This was very alarming to me, and I was sure must have been a clerical error _now_, not in 2012, because the ISO 639-RA/JAC had not assigned any new alpha-2 identifiers — nor are they ever likely to do so in the future.

Peter Constable

-----Original Message-----
From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Doug Ewell
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 2:07 PM
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Subject: 'zg' not assigned (was: ISO 639-3 changes)

On January 19, I wrote:

> A greater problem is that the 639-3 data files, for the first time, 
> include the alpha-2 code element 'zg' for Standard Moroccan Tamazight, 
> which already has the alpha-3 code element and BCP 47 subtag 'zgh'.

After checking with the 639-3/RA, it appears the listing of [zg] was an error. We have no actions to take or decisions to make at our end, and the RA will issue corrected data files in the near future.

Thanks to Melinda Lyons and John Zagas for helping to get this ironed out.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA | http://ewellic.org

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