Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Phillips, Addison addison at
Fri Apr 22 19:20:22 CEST 2016

But the RA's process is reality. We know that their schedule is much slower than ours--and I wouldn't necessarily classify that as "unresponsiveness". 

Since language subtags are forever, we need to temper a bias for action with some patience for a different standards body and its different cadence. We purposely installed language requiring a rejection from the RA in BCP 47, knowing that it would take time to collect it. The urgency of the request, while seemingly pressing to the requester in this moment, is not more important than the stability of the language tagging system as a whole.


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> Part of the problem is the unresponsiveness of the RA. Looking at things only
> once a year is not good for users who may have urgent requirements.
> Michael
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