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ISO 639 code for Hebrew [was Re: error in HTML4 spec]

From: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 19:40:46 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <B0000927077@ritig6.rit.reuters.com>
To: nir dagan <dagan@upf.es>, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Cc: HTML Editor <www-html-editor@w3.org>, Robin Cover <robin@acadcomp.sil.org>, Martin Dürst <duerst@w3.org>, Charles Wicksteed <charles.wicksteed@reuters.com>
Ian Jacobs wrote:

> nir dagan wrote:
> > 
> > Dear Editors of HTML.
> > 
> > I think that there is an error in an example in section 8.1.1 of
> > the HTML 4.0 spec. It is said that "he" is the two letter code
> > for Hebrew, whereas the references you give to ISO639 say it is
> >  "iw" and not "he". "he" isn't assigned to any language.
> > (I looked at the reference at www.sil.org).
> > 
> > Please enlighten me if I got it wrong. I have a link to a Hebrew
> > site, and I am not sure how to write the HREFLANG.
> Yes, I'm afraid this looks like a bug. I'll verify this
> with our internationalization experts, but you should
> probably use "iw" since it's registered.
> Thank you for pointing this out.
> Ian

It is *not* a bug.  The correct code is "he".  In 1989, the ISO 639 
Registration Authority changed a number of codes as follows (the quote is 
taken from RFC 1766):

:  The following codes have been added in 1989 (nothing later): ug
:  (Uigur), iu (Inuktitut, also called Eskimo), za (Zhuang), he (Hebrew,
:  replacing iw), yi (Yiddish, replacing ji), and id (Indonesian,
:  replacing in).

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