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   Re: Official ISO 639 changes

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, "Unicode List" <unicode@unicode.org>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 11:44:49 -0700

At 01:24 PM 4/25/00 -0400, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>Has anybody noticed that XML 1.0 requires 2-letter and forbids 
>three-letter language codes? From section 2.1.2 of the XML 1.0 spec:
>Production 35 enforces this constraint.
>I think XML needs another erratum here to fix this.

Yes... there was a good reason, but I don't recall what it was; we
looked at the 3-letter options carefully.  I seem to recall a finding
that the ISO process on finalizing the 3-letter version seemed to be 
seriously hung, but this is back in 1997... -Tim

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