Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Michael Everson everson at
Wed Apr 20 11:44:22 CEST 2016

On 20 Apr 2016, at 08:25, Martin J. Dürst <duerst at> wrote:

> It would be good if the letter started with a very short summary that said what we want. Something like the following (of course I think this can be improved):


> Also, if the subject of this mail is going to be the subject of the eventual mail to the RA, I suggest to change it to make it clearer that it isn't in support of Elfdalian as such, but in support of assigning an 639-3 code.


> I also agree with the general direction of the comments from Peter and Mark: Where this appeal may look (to the recipient even if not necessarily to the sender) as anything even close to patronizing, it may be counterproductive and should be carefully tweaked. In my experience, with such appeals, the best way to write them is to in effect have the recipient think that it was their idea to revert things :-).

Then edit it, please. I’ve edited it already a number of times. 

> Also, if possible, please make it clearer that our request is for a 639-3 code. In the whole letter, I only see "-3" twice, and one of these in in an URI. There was some discussion at one point about some confusion between -2 and -3, and even if that's not really an issue, it's better to be clear.


> The letter is signed by Michael only. Do we want to add our names?

If you like, sure.
I’ll send it again.


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