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Re: [Moderator Action] Re: Official ISO 3166 country codes online

From: Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 11:47:02 +0900
Message-Id: <199912010307.MAA27421@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: Harald Tveit Alvestrand <Harald@Alvestrand.no>
Cc: www-international@w3.org
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At 13:36 1999/11/30 -0500, Harald Tveit Alvestrand wrote:
> At 20:56 28.11.99 +0900, Masataka Ohta wrote:
> 
> >It is a known error of RFC1766 of IETF language tag that it unnecessarily
> >relate language and ISO 3166.
> 
> It is a known fact that Ohta-san and I disagree a lot of the time.
> 
> >Through the discussion on IETF language tag, I repeatedly pointed it out
> >that IETF language tag should have nothing to do with ISO 3166. But,
> >Harald insisted to keep his original proposal.
> >
> >The obvious solution is to correct RFC1766.
> 
> If Ohta-san had been able to convince at least one other member of the 
> discussion of his viewpoint, I might have been more receptive.
> 
> The relationship between language and country code was copied almost 
> verbatim from ISO 639, which specifies the use of language code and country 
> code together for "language as spoken in a specific country"; if this is an 
> error, it is an error that did not originate with me.
> 
> The fact that codes of this form exist does not prevent anyone from using 
> the language code alone, or using the ISO 639 language code with subtags 
> that are not country codes.
> 
> [Note: Recipient list not trimmed. I recommend that anyone who wants to 
> discuss RFC 1766 language tags subscribe to ietf-languages@apps.ietf.org 
> (by sending mail to ietf-languages-request@apps.ietf.org) and address 
> further correspondence there only.]
> 
>                        Harald T. Alvestrand
> 
> 
> --
> Harald Tveit Alvestrand, EDB Maxware, Norway
> Harald.Alvestrand@edb.maxware.no
> 
> 
> 


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