FYI: ISO 639-5 reconfirmation ballot

Anthony Aristar anthony at
Fri Jul 15 17:51:39 CEST 2016

Well, I don't have a vote;  but in my humble belief, 639-5 is something that should be completely rethought. It confuses people (why use alpha-3 codes which look identical to language codes?).  And it is nowhere near complete enough to be useful. I know archives which use the LINGUIST set of alpha-4 codes for these very reasons.

Anthony Aristar

> On Jul 15, 2016, at 10:32 AM, Peter Constable <petercon at> wrote:
> ISO standards go through a regularly-scheduled reconfirmation, and a reconfirmation ballot for ISO 639-5 has just been issued to national bodies. I have advised US NB representatives that 639-5 is referenced in BCP 47 and, hence, should be confirmed.
> Peter
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