Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Sat Apr 23 20:35:46 CEST 2016

2016-04-23 19:59 GMT+02:00 Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at>:

> Additionally, some have expressed concern that the tone of poorly chosen
> letter could be off-putting to them, which could cause them to become more
> defensive of their position, &/or create a feeling of ill-will that could
> make it harder to work with them in the future.
The tone have already been improved and the letter is now balanced and to
the point. I guess that anyone in the position of the RA should be able to
read it and care about the opinions of IETF without taking it personal, and
take it in a professional manner and act according to what they think is
reasonable within their mandate.

*>* If Elfdalian gets an ISO639-code later in 8 months, 20 months or 32
months, then the language subtag can be retired.

Retiring tags is “hard”.  I’d rather that people used a private use tag
until the RA had another chance to look at the issue.

Are you planning to use that tag youself? Or why do you care that someone
else gets a tag they need? It is optional for any application to support
BCP47 language subtags. And I'm not interested to wait into a potential
eternity for the code. People can of course always create their own private
subtags, but that will of course become a complete showstopper for anyone
that want to develop localization data, and prevent Elfdalian from digital
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