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On Mon, Mar 06, 2000 at 03:51:30PM +0100, Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
> Yes, I understand that this is an issue. The solution has to do with
> implementation.
>
> And PLEASE remember: ISO 639 (both parts) are !!!NOT!!! solely for library
> use: It should be sufficient to document that there is a need within other
> application areas. Within terminology there clearly is a need. Within
> software localization there clearly is a need. Within SOME libraries I would
> expect that there is a need (I am not at all familiar with the "library
> world").

ISO 639 is used extensively for localization in the IT world.
For that it is essential to service the Norwegian market to have
two distinct products, one for Bokmål and one for Nynorsk.
If not, customers are lost.

For library use, I don't understand that it is not important to
record the language. Bokmål and Nynorsk is quite different,
and if I were an American reader with knowledge of Bokmål,
and the book was in Nynorsk and also available in Danish,
I would prefer the Danish version,
as Danish is closer to Bokmål than Nynorsk is.

Keld