From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 22:40:25 CDT
I have much more to say on this topic later, but this one can't wait.
Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:
> This is not the case of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes commonly used
> when designing locale codes. On the opposite, the UNSD numeric code,
> and the ISO 3166-2 alpha-3 codes are much more stable.
You cannot be serious:
* ISO 3166-2 code elements are not necessarily alpha-3. Among many
other countries, France and the U.S. do not use alpha-3 code elements.
* ISO 3166-1 and 3166-2 do not even serve the same purpose. The former
is for countries, the latter is for subdivisions within countries.
* ISO 3166-2 code elements are MUCH less stable than 3166-1. It is not
unheard of for the 60-odd code elements assigned to one country to be
thrown out and replaced by a completely different set of 80-odd code
I wonder what two standards you were really thinking of.
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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