Re: Bug#178321: ITP: aspell-uk -- The Ukrainian dictionary for GNU Aspell
On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 11:39:30PM +0100, Jordi Mallach wrote:
> > > Most people read "uk" as United Kingdom; this is confusing. Isn't
> > > "ua" more appropriate?
> > No, that's the country code. I'd suggest the 3-letter language code
> > "ukr" (ISO 639), because the confusion possibility certainly is there.
To clarify, "ukr" is ISO 639-2, and "uk" is ISO 639-1.
> Well, there's plenty of clashes like this.
> aspell-uk is the correct name for the package, as it's a valid 639-1
> The aspell-ca package in the archive has nothing to do with Canada, for
This seems to be further reason for using ISO 639-2 instead of -1.
639-1, with its shorter names, has more room for confusion; both of
these confusing examples (CA and UK) are no problem at all in ISO 639-2
(CAT and UKR).
Whether the confusion is worth deviating from 639-1, I don't know. I
don't think deviating from 639-1 to 639-2--if only for languages where
639-1 is confusing--is a bad thing. I don't feel strongly enough about
it to argue further, though.