How to add 2 letter language code in ISO 639-1
petercon at microsoft.com
Tue Feb 28 22:15:44 CET 2017
Please, don’t bother!
If the RA does respond, then at worst they’ll say that the 639-1 code set is frozen. If you’re “lucky” (I’ll qualify that), they may say that Chakma doesn’t satisfy the minimal criteria. If you manage to get beyond that point (very unlikely, IMO), then it will have to get punted to the ISO 639-RA/JAC where I can predict with certainty that there will be lots of push back against adding any new alpha-2 identifiers.
Saroj, the important point is that there really is no need today for new language identifiers to be added to ISO 639-1, and that the alpha-2 code set must really be viewed as frozen legacy since it is too constrained to support the set of languages in use on the Web today.
From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of John Cowan
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To: Saroj <sarojchakma20 at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: How to add 2 letter language code in ISO 639-1
On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:02 AM, Saroj <sarojchakma20 at gmail.com<mailto:sarojchakma20 at gmail.com>> wrote:
Hi, I want to know how to add Chakma Language in two letter code. We have 3 letter code in ISO 639-3 as ccp.
The contact details for the ISO 639-1 Registration Authority are:
Austrian Standards Institute
Tel: +43 1 213 00 610 / +43 1 213 00 613
Fax: +43 1 213 00 609
E-mail: ceo at as-institute.at<mailto:ceo at as-institute.at>
However, it is very unlikely that Chakma will receive a 2-letter code. The text of ISO 639-1 states:
The alpha-2 code was devised for practical use for most of the major languages of the world that are not only most frequently represented in the total body of the world’s literature, but which also comprise a considerable volume of specialized languages and terminologies.
While there are some languages on the ISO 639-1 list that clearly don't qualify by this standard (e.g. Navajo 'nv'), it's unlikely that the Registration Authority will add any more. Furthermore, the Registration Authority as a matter of policy doesn't register any new 2-letter codes for languages that already have 3-letter codes. So in practice the 2-letter codes are a closed list.
In the modern era of language tagging, 2-letter codes are anachronistic, but we are stuck with them because they are already so widely used. Adding more of them serves no one well.
John Cowan http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org<mailto:cowan at ccil.org>
The first thing you learn in a lawin' family is that there ain't
no definite answers to anything. --Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird
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