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For the record, in my view, Håvard's suggestion below

> "14 alpha-2 identifiers were approved in 1999 and included
> in ISO 639-1:2002. Regretfully these identifiers have been missing in
> earlier versions of the tables on this web site. They have now been
> included."

seems to fit the bill, and would appear to be sufficient action and
wording. No furthe documentation seems necessary.

John

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> All these alpha-2 identifiers have been published in ISO 639-1:2002, and
> they were also included in drafts since 1999. The errors on the web site > in
> very unfortunate, and I want to apologize that I haven't discovered them
> before. But it still is "just" an error. Can we do the following: In
> document http://lcweb.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/codechanges.html the 14
> alpha-2 identifiers are added in their chronological place (between 1998 > and
> 2000). A separate text is added after the main table. The text could say
> something like:

> "14 alpha-2 identifiers were approved in 1999 and include> d
> in ISO 639-1:2002. Regretfully these identifiers have been missing in
> earlier versions of the tables on this web site. They have now been
> included."
>
> Håvard
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rebecca S. Guenther [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 8. januar 2003 21:57
> To: Håvard Hjulstad
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Missing alpha-2 identifiers
>
>
> To members of the ISO639 JAC: someone brought to  my attention that there
> was a 2-character code for "Divehi" in the 639-1 revision that was not on
> the master code list. Thus I started a discussion with Havard (see
> below). Yesterday we added "dv" while Havard looked at what else was
> missing.
>
> When we put up the ISO 639-2 site and included the 2-character code, we
> started with the document that Michael had up as I recall. So these new
> ones were probably missing from that. Apparently it wasn't noticed before.
>
> Someone wrote me today having just noticed that "dv" had appeared and
> questioned how we could add any 2-character codes to an existing
> 3-character one given the statement that we previously made. I suppose
> this was an error of documentation; was there an official mechanism to
> publicize these new 2-character codes that came in as part of the 639-1
> revision?
>
> In any case, if we now all of a sudden include these, we will have to
> explain it. So I suppose the best thing would be to add them to the chang> e
> page. I'm not sure which date to include; it will be added now, but the
> effective date would be 1999. Have these been published anywhere except i> n
> the revision that went out for ballot?
>
> Any comments on how to handle this?
>
> Rebecca
>
> On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, [iso-8859-1] Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
>
> > Dear Rebecca,
> >
> > I have compared the file
> > http://lcweb.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/langcodes.html with a
> corresponding
> > printout from my database. I thought that we had already covered these
> > issues, but there remain some discrepancies of two kinds: (1) Missing
> > alpha-2 identifiers for 14 items. (2) Differences in the English and
> French
> > names of some languages.
> >
> > Below I have listed all the missing alpha-2 identifiers. Those should b> e
> > straight-forward. Later I will make an overview of the differences in
> names,
> > as some of them might need to be looked at more closely.
> >
> > There is also one alphabetical error in this list: The order   non nor > nno
> > nob   should be changed to  nno nob non nor .
> >
> > Here are the missing alpha-2 identifiers:
> >
> > aka = ak = Akan
> > ava = av = Avaric
> > bam = bm = Bambara
> > cre = cr = Cree
> > div = dv = Divehi [as previously clarified]
> > ewe = ee = Ewe
> > ful = ff = Fulah
> > ibo = ig = Igbo
> > kau = kr = Kanuri
> > kon = kg = Kongo
> > lub = lu = Luba-Katanga
> > lug = lg = Ganda
> > oji = oj = Ojibwa
> > ven = ve = Venda
> >
> > All these alpha-2 identifiers are identified as "Finalized 1999" in my
> > database, which basically means that they were included during the
> revision,
> > before the JAC became involved.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Håvard
> >
> > -------------------------
> > Håvard Hjulstad    mailto:[log in to unmask]
> >   Solfallsveien 31
> >   NO-1430  Ås, Norway
> >   tel: +47 64963684  &  +47 64944233
> >   mob: +47 90145563
> >   http://www.hjulstad.com/havard/
> > -------------------------


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