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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
Message-ID: <890459A65CB1D2119FC00008C7BAC619052C413E@exchange2b>
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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.
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:  

Barbara Shuh
Library Network Specialist
National Library of Canada
Phone:  (613) 995-1701  Fax:  (613) 943-1939
E-mail:  barbara.shuh@nlc-bnc.ca

-----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
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
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


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