From: "David Tooke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I noticed from that list that there are quite a few languages that do not
> have 2 character ISO 639 codes.
> Balti Baluchi Berber Hausa Karaite Kurmanji Luri Mazanderani
> Pulaar Siraiki (also known as Saraiki or Lahnda or Western Panjabi)
> Is it true that one would not be able set their browser locales to these
> languages as it appears ISO 639 is a pre-requisite for this?
I do not think that is universally true, no.
> dumb question 1. Is Aramaic (which doesn't seem to have a 2 character ISO
> code) the same as Amharic (which does...AM)? If not, Amharic appears to
> a Semetic language too, is that written right-to-left too?
Amharic uses the Ethiopic script, and is not RTL as far a I know. Aramaic
has no native speakers (unless you count Hugh Nibley, who reportedly wigged
out during a class one day and started lecturing in Aramaic -- witnessed by
two people I know among the 50+ in the class!).... so while you may have
Aramaic content, you probably would not have you machine set to use it as a
> dumb question 2. Are there an known cases where the full locale name
> (language+country+variant) has a different directionality as for the root
> language? I know that some languages are written in different scripts
> based on the locale; are there any cases where there are a two scripts
> have the same language code in their locale but differ in their writing
Well, there are some languages in the former Soviet Union that are
considering an Arabic script either instead of or in addition to existing
Latin/Cyrillic scripts. Not sure if any have been officially adopted?
BTW - I try not answer stupid questions, so you can assume I disagree with
your characterization since I answered them. :-)
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