Re: Plane 14 redux (was: Same language, two locales)

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Sep 05 2000 - 10:50:04 EDT

Ar 09:38 -0500 2000-09-05, scríobh

>Well, Michael, *something* has to happen. There are a significant number of
>users for whom the status quo isn't adequate.

Come on, Peter. Which users are they and what languages do they need? Be
specific. Are they candidates for encoding in ISO 639-2? There is a process
for applying and approving codes there. You have to do the work. We are NOT
going to adopt a thousand codes from a list of SIL codes, or any other list
of arbitrary codes. We are going to use the procedures. And you (or
whoever) have to go to the trouble to do the work to get it done.

>I don't want to start dumping
>thousands of requests, and I hope it doesn't come to that.

If you want a thousand codes, you have to make a thousand requests. If you
want one code, you have to make one request. That is how ISO 639 works, and
RFC 1766 is an adjunct for that process, subordinate to it, and is not a
fast-track for code adoption and circumventing the international standard.

I don't think that I am being unreasonable. I'm just doing my job.

Michael Everson
Language Tag Reviewer, RFC 1766

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