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RE: Language Codes in Negotiation Record

From: Shuh Barbara <barbara.shuh@nlc-bnc.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 10:12:53 -0500
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Hi Mike

The ISO standard for the three-letter language codes is: 
 ISO 639-2: Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 2:
alpha-3 code.
	http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/
 
The Library of Congress is the maintenance agency for both the ISO and NISO
Language Codes, so I am assuming that the lists are equivalent.  On the LC
site, ISO is mentioned prominently, with no mention of NISO.  But the NISO
site references LC as the maintenance agency:  
	http://www.niso.org/standards/index.html

Barb
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Taylor [mailto:mike@indexdata.com]
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 4:47 PM
To: www-zig@w3.org
Subject: Language Codes in Negotiation Record



Ray and others,

Having read the definition of the negotiation records for character
set and language negotiation (version 3) at
	http://lcweb.loc.gov/z3950/agency/defns/charneg-3.html
I'm trying to figure out what form language codes should take.  The
ASN says "LanguageCode ::= GeneralString -- from ANSI Z39.53-1994",
and Z39.53 seems to define a set of three-letter codes: see for
example
	http://www.oasis-open.org/cover/nisoLang3-1994.html
but in describing language-code options in the ZOOM Abstract API, I
would be more comfortable referencing an international standard than
a NISO one.  And presumably ISO 23950 references an equivalent ISO
standard at this point?

Does anyone know what the equivalent ISO standard is?  (If there is
one.)

Thanks,

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