From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Aug 23 2005 - 23:31:25 CDT
Again this thread deserves much more attention, but just one remark...
Donald Z. Osborn <dzo at bisharat dot net> wrote:
> Frankly I'm hazy on this, but thought that at least a tab- or
> semicolon-delimited plain text file with the current/updated codes
> and names (all) could be released regularly (even when there are no
> changes). Like you describe, I think.
Both ISO 639-2/RA (Library of Congress) and ISO 639-3/RA (SIL) maintain
easily downloadable, delimited-plain-text data files. You can download
these at regular intervals, or use an updating service such as
WatchThatPage to alert you when the page has changed.
The location for the ISO 639-2 data file (which also includes
authoritative ISO 639-1 data) is:
I don't know how "public" the ISO/DIS 639-3 site is supposed to be at
this stage, so I won't quote the URL of the download page here. But if
you can get to the main page, you won't have any trouble finding the
word "Downloads" and navigating to the plain-text files.
Please, please keep in mind that 639-3 is still a draft, not yet a
standard, to whatever extent that matters to your individual
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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