[bitcoin-dev] BIP 39: Add language identifier strings for wordlists

Pavol Rusnak stick at satoshilabs.com
Sun Jan 7 15:16:47 UTC 2018

On 05/01/18 14:58, nullius via bitcoin-dev wrote:
> I propose and request as an enhancement that the BIP 39 wordlist set
> should specify canonical native language strings to identify each
> wordlist, as well as short ASCII language codes.  At present, the
> languages are identified only by their names in English.

I am advising not to use any other language than English for BIP39. I
got persuaded to allow more languages when writing BIP39 spec, but I
learned that it was something I should've been more persistently against.

I am currently drafting a new standard[1] which will allow also Shamir
Secret Scheme Splitting and there we disallow usage of a custom wordlist
in order to eradicate this mess. Will try to push this as BIP too once
we get it to the point we are OK with the contents.


Best Regards / S pozdravom,

Pavol "stick" Rusnak
CTO, SatoshiLabs

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