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> We are particularly concerned with stability in the ISO language codes,
> since these have been in use for many years in bibliographic applications.

However, it is proposed to change around of dozen of those "stable"
MARC language codes in order to conform to ISO 639-2.

Just out of interest, why were those codes changed from the MARC
codes when ISO 639-2 was being developed? I have not been able to
find any documentation on this point, despite asking. Do any other
members of the the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee know?

I look forward to hearing from you

Best regards

John Clews

John Clews, SESAME Computer Projects, 8 Avenue Rd, Harrogate, HG2 7PG
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Committee Chair of  ISO/TC46/SC2: Conversion of Written Languages;
Committee Member of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC22/WG20: Internationalization;
Committee Member of CEN/TC304: Information and Communications
 Technologies: European Localization Requirements
Committee Member of TS/1: Terminology (UK national member body of
 ISO/TC37: Terminology)
Committee Member of the Foundation for Endangered Languages;
Committee Member of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC2: Coded Character Sets