Whatever. So the most _practical_ advice for people whose languages have no
ISO 639 code at present (neither a two- nor a three-letter code) is not to
waste their time applying for a two-letter code (via AT InfoTerm, MA of 639-1)
but to apply right now for a three-letter code (via US LOC, MA of639-2). Would
that be your advice, Michael? I'm supposing that it would.
Arsa Michael Everson:
> I do not think it is correct to characterize the requirements of ISO 639-2,
> which are set forth in that international standard, as "US LOC"
> requirements. They are the requirements of the international standard.
> Ar 10:01 -0800 2000-09-18, scríobh John Cowan:
> >1) A language with a 639-1 tag has and will always have a 639-2 tag as
> >E.g. English has tags "eng" and "en".
> >2) A language which currently has a 639-2 tag but not a 639-1 tag will not
> >get a new 639-1 tag in future. E.g. Arapaho has tag "arp" but will never
> >have a 639-1 tag.
> Well, things are a little in flux until the current 639-1 DIS is finalized;
> some new 2-letter tags are being added. Then anything with a 3-letter code
> but not with a 2-letter code is stuck without a 2-letter code forever and
> >3) Therefore, the only future 639-1 tags are those assigned to new (i.e.
> >not in 639-2) languages, simultaneously with a 639-2 tag. E.g. Lojban,
> >a currently untagged language, might get the tags "loj" and "lj".
> >(When Hell freezes over.)
> No, just after Klingon gets them.
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