Re: UDHR In Unicode: passed the 350 mark

From: Eric Muller (
Date: Fri Feb 26 2010 - 12:09:35 CST

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    On 2/26/2010 9:16 AM, Marion Gunn wrote:
    > You might also wonder why Irish has been deleted from the list of
    > languages beginning with I (which fact makes the page look unreliable
    > to users here in Ireland).

    As you probably know, language names are a tricky issue. The goal of the
    project is not to sort out that issue, so we use exclusively the
    Ethnologue primary language names. I added the following to the page
    discussing language identification:

        We use only the Ethnologue primary language names, may be followed
        by a qualifier in parenthesis: for example “Akan (Akuapem)”.

        We do not provide an exhaustive index by alternate language names.
        For example, the Ethnologue uses "Gaelic, Irish" as the primary
        language name and provides "Irish", "Erse", "Gaeilge" as alternate
        names. In our index, the Irish translation will be found only under
        "Gaelic, Irish". If you have difficulty finding a translation by
        language name, you may want to use the Ethnologue
        <> to determine the primary language name.

    I also added at the top of the lists:

        The column “Name” links to the Ethnologue entry for the language. In
        this column, we use the primary language name given by the
        Ethnologue. You may want to consult the Ethnologue
        <> to determine the primary language name if
        you have difficulty finding a translation by language name.

    Thanks for you help in improving the project,

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