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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 11:47:38 +0900
Message-Id: <199912010307.MAA27424@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: Masataka Ohta <mohta@necom830.hpcl.titech.ac.jp>
Cc: www-international@w3.org
Forwarded.

At 13:53 1999/11/30 -0500, Masataka Ohta wrote:
> Michae;
> 
> > >> >> Recently we have requested the ISO 639-2 RA to add a single 3-letter c=
> > ode
> > >> >> for Sign Languages (deaf and otherwise). This single code can be combi=
> > ned
> > >> >> with ISO 3166-1 country codes and ISO 3166-2 subdivision codes usefull=
> > y.
> > >> >
> > >> >And it unnecessarily distinguish same Sign Languages in different
> > >>countries=3D
> > >>
> > >> It does _not_. Sorry, but you are dead wrong. Sign Languages _are_
> > >> different in different countries; and some countries have more than one.
> > >
> > >It's not a counter argument to my points.
> > >
> > >However, you now are confirming the obvious fact that Sign Languages are
> > >no different from spoken languages that ISO 3166 is equally useless to
> > >them.
> > >
> > >Thank you for denying yourself to have mentioned Sign Languages.
> > 
> > Clearly Masataka Ohta has no idea what he is talking about. This is
> > beginning to annoy me, and so this is my last statement on the matter.
> 
> I can understand your error.
> 
> It is a common error to consider handicapped people something so special.
> 
> However, they are not.
> 
> Be cautious, because your error sometimes results in discriminations
> of handicapped.
> 
> > There are too many Sign Languages to expect 639-2 codes,
> 
> You are merely arguing that there are too many languages to expect
> 639-2 codes.
> 
> You can label all the languages in the world with ISO 3166 codes
> and additional strings.
> 
> So what?
> 
> 							Masataka Ohta
> 
> 
> 


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