[sword-devel] x-E-XXX language codes

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Sun Apr 19 01:34:46 MST 2009

Though included in the OSIS spec, x-E- codes are no longer necessary and 
therefore deprecated. With the introduction of ISO 639-3, all of the 
Ethnologue codes should have an equivalent ISO code.

Current content has been transitioned to use ISO codes. Older versions 
that people may still have could still employ the x-E- Ethnologue codes.


Eeli Kaikkonen wrote:
> BibleTime source code has some language names with x-E-XXX language 
> codes. This is in comments:
> "Chris explained in an eMail how language codes are build:
> Preference order for locale codes are:
> ISO 639-1
> ISO 639-2
> Ethnologue (http://www.ethnologue.org/)
> We intend to always follow OSIS locale conventions, which state that
> Ethnologue codes will be encoded in the format x-E-??? where ???
> represents the 3-letter Ethnologue code in capital letters (though
> capitalization really doesn't matter here).
> Some older modules maintain a former format for Ethnolgoue codes of
> xx-???, including the AleWiesler module."
> Are these x-E codes really used somewhere? I didn't find any by grepping 
> the repositories' .conf files. AleWiesler doesn't even exist.
> --Eeli Kaikkonen
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