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RE: Updated article: Two-letter or three-letter language codes

From: Stephen Deach <sdeach@adobe.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 07:58:45 -0700
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To: Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>, Stephen Deach <sdeach@adobe.com>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, ltru@ietf.org

I just wanted to make sure this "shortest code" issue was considered 
   A lot of people I've talked to about internationalization issues over 
the years simply had "assumed" that the 3-letter ISO codes superceded the 
2-letter ones, or chose to use all 3-letter codes rather than a mix of 2 & 
3 because it was easier to make it a fixed-length field.

I understand your goal is to eventually make this simpler, by eliminating 
multiple formats for each subtoken and moving to a single registry/list. As 
a general process I always try to accept ill-formed input, but emit 
corrected output (since you pretty much have to grandfather all past formats).

At 2006.09.23-11:29(+0900), Martin Duerst wrote:
>Exactly. Codes should be converted at the boundaries to systems that
>can't handle anything else that three-letter codes. It has to be done
>one way, so it can as well be done both ways.
>Regards,   Martin.
>At 00:07 06/09/23, Misha Wolf wrote:
> >
> >That would be seriously broken.  It would encourage
> >people to violate BCP 47.
> >
> >Misha
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Stephen Deach [mailto:sdeach@adobe.com]
> >Sent: 22 September 2006 16:05
> >To: Misha Wolf; Richard Ishida
> >Cc: www-international@w3.org
> >Subject: RE: Updated article: Two-letter or three-letter language codes
> >
> >I would strongly recomment taht all processing applications support both
> >2
> >& 3 letter ISO codes. It was the only way to get some countries and some
> >
> >applications (especially in business databases) simply always use the 3
> >letter coded.
> >
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---Steve Deach
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