Doc. No. TC304 N 1002

Subject/Title: Recommendation from the Project Team on the Population of the Cultural Register on how to register national specifications

Date of TC distribution: 23. January 2002

Source: Monica Sthl Forsberg PT Reviewer

Note: This document was tabled in the TC304 plenary 3 December 2001 and resolution 5 adopted on it.


Recommendation from the Project Team on the Population of the Cultural Register on how to register national specifications

(First RoundProject, 26.3)

Date: 2001-06-29512-12

Source: Monica Sthl Forsberg PT Reviewer

Status: This recommendation will be presented in the plenary of TC304 3 December 2001

The Project Team has consisted of Erkki Kolehmainen (PT Leader), Borka Jerman-Blazic (Editor) and Monica Sthl Forsberg (Reviewer).

Scope Purpose of PT work

Support national work on registration of local cultural conventions in the European Cultural Registry and the International Cultural Registry.

Justification and result

National standardisation bodies are the major originators of input for the European and international Cultural Registry. Reliable information from the registry promotes internationalisation and should be used as the authoritative (descriptive) source by the software suppliers in their definition of default (non-Posix) locales for the localisation of their internationalised code.

In the project information from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Germany, Greenland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine has been gathered on the WEB according to a questionnaire.

Registry and registration authority

The authoritative registry shall follow ENV 12005, Information Technology Procedures for European Registration of Cultural Elements. This European standard was developed by CEN TC304 and has later been transformed by ISO into ISO/IEC 15897, Information Technology Procedures for registration of cultural elements. The earlier mentioned questionnaire followed the mandatory clauses in these standards and also some extra. Both the corresponding European registry and International registry have DKUUG in Denmark as the Registration Authority and the data is put in the same registry.

According to both ENV 12005 and ISO/IEC 15897 the registration of the data for a specific country must have an Authorized signature on a written application from the relevant country to the Registration Authority. See Annex A.

The procedure to register the National data.

To start the registration of the assembled data, written applications with signatures together with the assembled data have been submitted to the Registration Authority from Finland and Sweden. These two applications are now in the register at http://std.dkuug.dk/cultreg/ with the good help from Keld Simonsen at the Registration Authority. The number of the Finnish registration is 169 and the number of the Swedish registration is 170.

The countries, which have sent their data to the WEB according to the questionnaire, are recommended, as the Sponsoring Authority, the following steps to register their data.

Print a copy of Annex A of this document and on the paper give the relevant entries. The Authorized person shall sign it. This paper, with a request to register your data according to the relevant standard (ENV 12005 or ISO/IEC 15897) shall be sent to the following address:

The Danish UNIX-systems User Group (DKUUG)

Fruebjergvej 3

DK-2100 Kbenhavn


Fetch your data from the WEB and check it to make sure that it is still valid. On request you will be given the URL address and the password to find your data.

Give the whole specification a name showing the relevant Language and Country. For Sweden for example the header "Swedish in Sweden" was used.

Put the following header after the name of the specification:

"Administrative information for this specification"

Take away the header for (clause) 1 and 2 and leave the rest of these clauses as they are.

Make the following changes to the document:

Change "3" to "Clause 1": The result on this line shall be

"Clause 1: Alphanumeric deterministic ordering"

Change "4" to "Clause 2:"

Change "5" to "Clause 3:"

Change "6" to "Clause 4:"

Change "7" to "Clause 5:"

Change "8" to "Clause 6:"

Change "9" to "Clause 9:"

Change "10" to "Clause 12:"

Change "11" to "Clause 13:"

Change "12" to "Clause 16:"

Change "13" to "Clause 17:"

Change "14" to "Clause 31:"

The total of what was sent for Sweden is shown in Annex B

Take a paper copy of the changed document and send it together with the signed Annex A. Also send the data electronically to email: culturalregister@dkuug.dk

When the Registration Authority gets the data they register it and send it out for comments. For ENV 12005 it is sent to CEN/TC304 Member Bodies, Associated Member Bodies and Liaisons and for ISO/IEC 15897 it is sent to JTC1/SC 22 members and liaisons. The period for comments is three months. If there are relevant comments these are sent to the Sponsoring Authority who may want to change the data. This is in accordance with Clause 4 in ENV 12005 and ISO/IEC 15897.


Annex A


Application form for a Cultural Specification

Please specify all data relevant for the Cultural Specification type, indicating non-available data by "not available". Please fill out one form for each Cultural Specification submitted. When completed, please send it to the Registration Authority as listed in clause 4.

1. Cultural Specification type number: ______________________________

2. Organization name of Sponsoring Authority: ________________________

3. Organization postal address: _____________________________________


4. Name of contact person: _________________________________

5. Electronic mail address of contact person: ______________________

6. Telephone number for contact person: + ___ ______________________

7. Fax number for contact person: + ___ ______________________

For Narrative Cultural Specifications and POSIX Locales (type 1 and 2):

8. Natural language, as specified in ISO 639: ______

9. Territory, as two-letter form of ISO 3166: ______

For POSIX Charmaps and POSIX Repertoiremaps (type 3 and 4):

10. The proposed POSIX Charmap or POSIX Repertoiremap name: ________________

For all 4 types:

11. If not for general use, an intended user audience, e.g. librarians: _______

12. If for use of a special application, the short application name: ___________

13. Short name for Sponsoring Authority, used in token identifier: ______________

14. Version number with zero or more dots: __________

15. Revision date in ISO 8601 format: ____________

The Cultural Specification identified above, and of which we hold copyright, is allowed for free distribution.

Date: ______________ Authorized signature: __________________________

Annex B

Swedish in Sweden

Administrative information for this specification

Sweden, Sverige

Two letter code:

Swedish, svenska

Natural language code:

Character set used for representing cultural data in this specification:
ISO/IEC 8859-1

ITS, Information Technology Standardization


Responsible person:
Bo Viklund

Contact person for cultural data:
Monica Sthl

E-mail of the contact person:

Phone number:
+46 8 555 524 90

Fax number:
+46 8 555 524 91


Date of the data provision:

Version number of the application:

Clause 1: Clause 1: Alphanumeric deterministic ordering

Ordering of characters:
A-V normal ordering
X-Z normal ordering
  after Z

Short description of the ordering rules:
W is ordered together with V.
and U with double acute are ordered together with Y.
, and O with double acute are ordered together with .
The non-accented letter comes before its accented forms and variant forms.
Small letters before capital letters.
Spaces are sorted as a first letter, before a.

SS 03 81 03 and SS 03 81 04 and Statskontorets Technical Norm 34:1

Clause 2: Classification of characters

Upper and lower case.
Vowels: a, e, i, o, u, y, , , ; hardvowel: a, o, u, ; softvowel: e, i, y, , .
Consonants: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, z.

Clause 3: Numeric formatting

Comma as decimal separator.
Groups of 3 digits separated by no-break space.

Clause 4: Monetary formatting

Monetary formatting - name of the currency:
krona (singular), kronor (plural)

International currency code:

Positive International numeric format:
SEK 125,50

Negative International numeric format:
SEK -125,50

Domestic Currency symbol:
kr or SEK

Positive Domestic numeric format:
125,50 kr or 125:50

Negative Domestic numeric format
-125,50 kr or -125:50

Thousand and decimal separator:
100.125,50 kr or 100 125,50 kr

Clause 5: Date and time conventions


English name Natural language name Short

Weekday name

Monday mndag (the first day of the week) m or mn
tisdag ti or tis
onsdag on or ons
torsdag to or tors
fredag fr or fre
lrdag l or lr
sndag s or sn

Note: lowercase for first letter in the Swedish names.

Month names:

English name Natural language name Short

Month name

January januari jan
februari febr
mars mars
april apr
maj maj
juni juni
juli juli
augusti aug
september sept
oktober okt
november nov
december dec

Note: lowercase for first letter in the Swedish names.

Date in numeric format:

Time before noon:
10:20 or 10.20

Time after noon:
17:40 or 17.40

Date in non numeric format:
7 september 1998

Time before noon:
"Tjugo ver tio" or "tio och tjugo" (In English twenty past ten)

Time after noon:
Sjutton och fyrtio

Clause 6: Affirmative and negative answers

Affirmative expression
Ja, J, or j

Negative expression
Nej, N, or n

Clause 9: Character set considerations


Foreign letters or characters that are allowed by the language orthography:
, and . Foreign names may need any other European letter.

Coded character sets used in the country:
Usually 8859-1 but also CP 1252 (MS Windows!), CP 10000 (Macintosh), and the older IR 11 (SS 63 61 27 alt 2), CP 437 (MSDOS) and CP 850 (MSDOS).

Characters missing in the code sets:

Clause 12: Character properties


Clause 13: Use of special characters

For outer quotes RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK (U+201D) or RIGHT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK (U+00BB) is used on both sides (LEFT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK may also be used on the ending side), and for inner quotes RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK (U+2019).
If these are not available QUOTATION MARK (U+0022) and APOSTROPHE (U+0027) are used instead.
For multiplication the MIDDLE DOT is used. For division the SOLITUS is used.
The SECTION SIGN () is common in minutes.
Extra spacing is normally not used after full stop.

Clause 16: Personal name rules

Children can get the name of the father or the mother or both. Normally the name of the father is used.
Children of unmarried couples normally get the name of the mother.
At marriage the man or woman can chose the original name of the other.
Normally they chose the name of the man.
The earlier name can also be kept as a "mellannamn" without hyphen.
Normally the full first name is used, written before the family name.
In names with e.g. von, von is spelled with small letters.

Clause 17: Inflection

Many inflection forms are used in Swedish, for nouns 8, for adjectives typically 6, and for verbs often 14.
For nouns and verbs there are a number of different patterns for forming the inflection forms.
Swedish tends to use compound words, like "lokalstandardiseringsarbete", where English uses stacked nouns and adjectives, like "locale standardisation work".
This increases the need for splitting lines by hyphenation of words, but at the same time makes a simple approach of using a hyphenation dictionary for the most common words less effective.

Clause 31: Paper formats

The dominant paper size is A4. Also A5 is used.
For documents of all sizes a uniform hole pattern is used, 4 holes with distances 21 mm - 70 mm - 21 mm vertically, the centre 11 mm from the paper edge, and hole diameter 5mm.