request for subtag for Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Mon Feb 29 02:38:21 CET 2016

If you choose to contact the RA you could alternatively ask them to
collaborate by allowing the IETF to reserve the code 'ovd' and it could be
used as a subtag, the language would still not have an official
ISO639-code, but it will avoiding future code duplication.

Also a Danish linguistic on the field wrote me that he worked with a Danish
IT-company to translate different mobile games to Elfdalian/Övdalian, but
they found it difficult as there were no ISO codes to store the
translations. I'm not sure if they can use a 5-letter code, but maybe it
would be easier for them and other software developers to deal with a
3-letter subtag for the meantime.

2016-02-29 2:00 GMT+01:00 Michael Everson <everson at>:

> On 29 Feb 2016, at 00:33, Mats Blakstad <mats.gbproject at> wrote:
> > About letter to RA, I'm not sure if it is worth it, as it is not written
> about any appeal process. I guess, this mostly relay on if you really think
> this will have very negative implications on data? Could someone explain
> more about this? If not, maybe the best think is to just register a primary
> language subtag now, and then depreciate it if RA makes another decision
> later. The way I read their letter is that it is a temporary rejection,
> they "look sympathetically" on the application and are open to approve it
> in the future. However, for the mean time, we need to have a code. It is
> clearly a language, so it should not be registered as a variant of any
> other languages.
> The RA is staffed by PEOPLE. We need to let them know that there is a
> genuine need for this code, and that not giving it to us is going to be bad
> for the language in general due to the introduction of multiple codes for
> it. They can tell us they don’t care or can’t do anything about it, but in
> my judgement it is unwise for us to just add a new entity without an
> appeal. And I don’t care if they have a formal appeals process. They can
> listen to an argument and respond.
> This hasn’t happened before.
> Michael Everson *
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