Re: Web browsers and new versus old language codes

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Feb 10 1997 - 15:40:37 EST

At 11:29 -0800 1997-02-10, Jean-Yves Fortin wrote:

>By continuing the use of "old" codes, one is perpetuating a situation that
>may need to be corrected in the future. One should also say to the
>Standardizers: DO NOT reassign the "old" codes or give a long period of
>time to ensure that the "old" codes become obsolete. I believe this can be
>done in this case since the "old" codes have not been reassigned.
>I would therefore recommend to use the "new" codes.

My understanding is that the old codes were to be considered valid (but
deprecated) for five years following the change (which was in 1989). This
means that the old codes are no longer valid.

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