[Foundation-l] three-letter language codes

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Wed Jun 30 08:30:23 UTC 2010

Did anyone ever consider completely migrating WMF projects to
three-letter language codes? Currently two-letter ISO 639-1 code are
used whenever possible and three-letter ISO 639-2 or ISO 639-3 codes
are used when a two-letter code is not available.

Among the three-letter codes currently having Wikipedias are Sicilian
(scn), Kashubian (csb), Nahuatl (nah), Udmurt (udm) and Mari (mhr).

Using three-letter codes for all languages seems to me like a more
egalitarian approach.

Two-letter URL's must, of course, be kept as redirects.

Can anyone think about any problems with this?

אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
Amir Elisha Aharoni


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