ISO 639 "duplicate" codes (was: Re: Ligatures in Turkish and Azeri, was: Accented ij ligatures)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Jul 12 2003 - 00:51:55 EDT

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    Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

    > Good luck with ISO language codes which does not even
    > define them, and contain many duplicate codes even in
    > the Alpha-2 space (he/iw, in/id), or unprecize codes
    > matching sometimes very imprecize families of languages
    > overlapping other language codes...

    The codes "iw" for Hebrew and "in" for Indonesian were deprecated
    FOURTEEN YEARS AGO. It is not accurate or fair to refer to them as
    "duplicates" of "he" and "id". The Registration Authority deprecates
    such codes, rather than deleting them, for backward compatibility with
    any data that might contain the old codes.

    The part about codes for language families overlapping other codes for
    specific languages is, regrettably, true.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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