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Re: ISO 639-2 3-letter language codes and RFC 1766

From: Rishab Aiyer Ghosh <rishab@dxm.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 12:59:25 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199701212059.MAA21310@shellx.best.com>
To: mgunn@ucd.ie (Marion Gunn)
Cc: iso10646@listproc.hcf.jhu.edu, keld@dkuug.dk, ietf-languages@uninett.no, ietf-types@uninett.no, www-international@www10.w3.org
Recently on www-international someone (Bert Bos) wondered
why the LANG attribute, and also RFC1766, is limited to
natural (human) languages. Well, adopting ISO-639-2 may
change that - there's a 3-letter code "art" for "Artificial
(Other)" languages. Am I right in assuming that this would
apply to, say, Perl or C or pseudocode? 

"mul" for multiple and "unk" for unknown - Harald mentioned 
that but I couldn't find it in the on-line version of the DIS - 
could also have many uses once brought into RFC1766. I suppose
it's better to use these "language" tags than work in the
semantics at a higher level, although the prospect of treating
"Unknown" as a language at the lowest level seems incongruous.

Rishab

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