Dear Mr. Hjalmarson,


I have forwarded your request to colleagues of ISO/TC 37, but I think that it should be properly dealt with by the Joint Advisory Committee of ISO 639 „Codes for the representation of names of languages“.


Could you please specify what you mean under

- “machine language”? (I assume not programming language)

- “multi-language”: in what sense? (several languages in one text, same representation for a semantic unit in several languages?)

- “undefined language”?


In any case there seem to be more needs for language symbols around than we could so far foresee…


Any “individualistic” solution without international coordination will sooner or later lead to incompatibility/interoperability problems.


Best regards




Von: Mikael Hjalmarson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Gesendet: Freitag, 17. Juni 2011 09:44
An: Dorothée Eichfelder
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Thanks for the information.


Is there any information that you can provide in guidance on what to use if we want to identify

- manchine language

- multi-language

- undefined language


What would be the recommendation for to identify the above "languages"?

If we are to assign "own codes" for to identify the above "languages" what are we to consider?

- what characters are not to be used

- how many characters 


Best regards,

Mikael Hjalmarson


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Sent: den 16 juni 2011 18:47
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Subject: List of ISO 639-1 codes

Dear Mr. Hjalmarson,


You will find the requested list of ISO 639-1 codes together with the list of ISO 639-2 codes at:


Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you need further information.

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Dorothée Eichfelder




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Von: Mikael Hjalmarson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Gesendet: Freitag, 11.
Juni 2011 07:59
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As appointee RA I wonder if there is a place where the Alpha-2 code are available?

ISO 639-1:2002
Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 1: Alpha-2 code

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