Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Peter Constable petercon at
Mon Apr 25 06:41:26 CEST 2016

From: Mats Blakstad [mailto:mats.gbproject at] 
Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 9:15 PM

> To me it seems more like a type of encoding that can make people 
> more easily misunderstand the relations.

The purpose of language coding is not to provide scientifically-accurate linguistic documentation but rather to meet user needs for metadata elements in language-related applications.

> Why is it important to satisfy the Swedish governmental agency that 
> didn't give the proofs? You wrote earlier that you were concerned 
> about other language communities beyond Elfdalian - I guess for any 
> language in similar situation it would be a pain to let a governmental 
> influence on the process like this.

What I don't want is to have some ISO-member body deciding they dislike something that has been done that they consider within their purview strongly enough to complain to ISO and, eventually, tip over the whole apple cart. I can't see how you would be negatively impacted if somebody else gets something they feel they need even if you think it's not needed. 


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