From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 25 2003 - 21:38:21 EDT
Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:
>> Personally, the only authority I care about on this is ISO 639, and
>> in that standard the English name for the language is "Persian."
>> Very well, then: my software shall call it "Persian." If ISO 639
>> called it "Farsi," I would use that name instead.
> ISO 639 is normative on the code elements; the names are informative,
> so I would not follow its names as normative. I would tend to favour
> the ordinary Oxford as an English authority, and certainly the view
> of the Academy in Iran, first. (As it happens they all agree on
It's true that the names of languages in ISO 639 are not normative.
However, I imagine them to have been proposed, discussed, and approved
by much greater experts than I. So I tend to trust the ISO 639 names in
the way I described.
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