Dear colleagues,

I have to admit that I was somewhat taken aback by Peter Constable's
comments and the implications inherent in it. Peter has to some extent
withdrawn from his original point, but the sum of it all is that the SIL
Ethnologue coding would be the dominating coding practice, since he wants us
to go out of our way to ensure that we just used those three-letter
combinations that were not already taken by SIL. I have not looked into it
retrospectively, but I feel that the already established sets contain very
many instances of homonymy. You have to be able to convert between them, and
then it does not matter that new homymes are added.

There might be a need for some diplomacy, but we must stick to our rules,
decisions and sets.


Sten Hedberg
Expert on cataloguing and standardisation
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