Re: ANSI requires licence fees to use ISO language and country code?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Mar 27 2003 - 12:16:17 EST

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    > Given the not-complete stability of ISO 3166, some might be motivated
    > toward an alternative for other reasons.

    The numeric codes are not managed by the RA but by the UN Statistics Division,
    are freely available for any use, and are rock-stable. I recommend them.
    There are also a set of non-overlapping numeric codes for the major
    transnational regions of the world, also assigned by the UNSD.
    See for countries
    and for regions.

    But for long-term stability, nothing beats "Roma", which has designated
    the same city for the last 2756 years.

    Eric Raymond is the Margaret Mead               John Cowan
    of the Open Source movement.          
            --Lloyd A. Conway,            

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