ISO 639

A Ruby gem that provides the ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-1 data sets along with some convenience methods for accessing different entries and entry fields. The data comes from the LOC ISO 639-2 UTF-8 data set.

To install:

gem install iso-639

The ISO 639-1 specification uses a two-letter code to identify a language and is often the recommended way to identify languages in computer applications. The ISO 639-1 specification covers most developed and widely used languages.

The ISO 639-2 (Wikipedia) specification uses a three-letter code, is used primarily in bibliography and terminology and covers many more languages than the ISO 639-1 specification.


require 'iso-639'

To find a language entry:

# by alpha-2 or alpha-3 code
# or
# by English name
# by French name

The class method searches across all fields and will match names in cases where a record has multiple names. This method always returns an array of 0 or more results. For example:"spanish")
# => [["spa", "", "es", "Spanish; Castilian", "espagnol; castillan"]]

Entries are arrays with convenience methods for accessing fields:

@entry = ISO_639.find("slo")
# => ["slo", "slk", "sk", "Slovak", "slovaque"]
# => "slo"
@entry.alpha3 # shortcut for #alpha3_bibliographic
# => "slo"
# => "slk"
# => "sk"
# => "Slovak"
# => "slovaque"

The full data set is available through the ISO_639::ISO_639_1 and ISO_639::ISO_639_2 constants.

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Copyright (c) 2010 William Melody. See LICENSE for details.