The ISO 3166 code CS
Addison Phillips [wM]
aphillips at webmethods.com
Tue Aug 5 09:09:35 CEST 2003
While I share Mark's alarm and concern about the reassignment of CS
after only a very short interval, I can see why total stability may not
be easy to achieve.
There are not quite 700 possible codes. While that is larger than the
total number of countries, countries change name/border/status often
enough and their meaningful names are not randomly distributed enough to
have long term stability. Permanent lockout of code reuse will require
something other than ISO3166 alpha-2.
The interval on CS, though, was not nearly long enough. If
Czechoslovakia were some antique of a bygone age it would be different.
No one, I suspect, would object to a code for the "Austro-Hungarian
Empire" being reassigned some other use. Somewhere between five years
and ninety years lies a more reasonable boundary. I would tentatively
suggest 20 years.
Addison P. Phillips
Director, Globalization Architecture
+1 408.962.5487 mailto:aphillips at webmethods.com
Internationalization is an architecture. It is not a feature.
Chair, W3C I18N WG Web Services Task Force
Mark Davis wrote:
> Yes. If they move quickly, they can avoid the damage.
> ► “Eppur si muove” ◄
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: <ietf-languages at iana.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 01:46
> Subject: Re: The ISO 3166 code CS
>>Marc, does this imply that the int'l community should insist that
>>3166 MA *rescind* the reassignment of CS and assign something else
>>Serbia and Montenegro?
>>Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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