[Foundation-l] three-letter language codes

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 09:10:04 UTC 2010


I think this is a good idea. For the sake of consistency, we should
choose a single standard to follow rather than a hodge-podge of newer
standards, older (although still valid) standards, and ad hoc codes we
made up on the spot (als, nrm) and custom codes (bat-smg, roa-tara,
roa-rup, fiu-vro, map-bms, be-x-old). It also seems potentially
confusing to me that we have codes that overlap, for example na.wp and
nap.wp, ro.wp and roa-rup.wp, etc.


On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 1:30 AM, Amir E. Aharoni
<amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
> 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?
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