My comments were mainly about procedure and sticking to what our document
says we need to follow.
Can you submit the evidence for the Yi languages (other) for the record?
It would be good to document that.
I guess Michael is concerned about holding this up any further. If
necessary to have further discussion we could do 2 separate votes, one on
Sichuan Yi and the other on Yi languages (other). I am also interested in
finishing this quickly, since we are working on a new edition of the MARC
codes and would like to include these in that document if they are
On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, [iso-8859-1] Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
> Yes, we definitely need a second vote for "yix".
> However, the argument that there is "no formal request" is hardly any reason
> not to process it. During the Yi discussion it became quite clear that there
> are other Yi languages with a number of documents. Those are currently coded
> as "something-else (other)". It was an obvious follow-up of the evidence
> that was presented. (I partly share Michael's "dislike" of the "other"
> languages; this issue is discussed in the document TC37/SC2/WG1 N101, which
> I submitted to the WG few days ago. However, there are obvious needs in some
> user groups for these identifiers, and those needs cannot be ignored.)
> Michael's request for Sichuan Yi will be finalized very soon. Other requests
> and needs may or may not be Michael's; the JAC will process them regardless
> of what Michael thinks, wants, or says. It does not at all help the process
> that Michael finds it necessary to express anger or "for heaven's sake" or
> whatever. Please bear in mind that the JAC list is "almost" a formal ISO
> meeting; I expect the tone of the submissions to the list to respect that.
> The request in May was NOT for "Yi" (unmodified). The submitted request
> needed suplemental information, which was collected and submitted by various
> members of the JAC. This has not taken longer time than should be expected.
> One week from now I expect that it is official that Sichuan Yi has the
> identifiers "ii" and "iii".
> Best regards,
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
> Of Rebecca S. Guenther
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> Subject: Re: Jean-Arthur Creff -- and Yi
> Actually, after I voted it occured to me that no formal proposal was ever
> sent for Yi languages (other), so there is no evidence of sufficient
> documentation. So it is against our principles to be voting on something
> that was never submitted.
> I would suggest that even if it's a formality, that we conduct a second
> ballot. That is what is what our procedures call for if there is not a
> unanimous vote.
> On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, Michael Everson wrote:
> > At 15:56 +0200 2002-10-02, Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
> > >As to the procedures of the JAC: The current ballot (Yi) cannot be
> > >in one round.
> > Oh, for heaven's sake.
> > >I would like to suggest the following: All items except the
> > >possible inclusion of "yix" = "Yi languages (other)" have received 100%
> > >approval from the rest of the voting members.
> > I DID NOT REQUEST THIS. I DO NOT APPROVE OF IT BEING ADDED TO THE BALLOT.
> > I am pretty angry about this. Microsoft China wrote to me to ask for
> > a code for Yi. This means Sichuan Yi, which uses the syllabary.
> > That's the only code we are looing for.
> > I do NOT believe that the "languages (other)" codes are useful, and I
> > do not request one for the Yi languages.
> > PLEASE will you approve iii for Sichuan Yi so Microsoft China, who
> > asked for this in MAY 2002, and be done with it?
> > PLEASE note that I do NOT request a two letter code for Yi.
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