The ISO 3166 code CS
mark.davis at jtcsv.com
Tue Aug 5 09:37:48 CEST 2003
I agree that we can't have permanent stability, but 20 years is rather
arbitrary, and based on current country-creation rates, lower than it
need be*. The best approach is simply not to reuse codes until forced
(Who knows, in 2050 we may all be members of the EU -- with Chinese as
the official language).
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Addison Phillips [wM]" <aphillips at webmethods.com>
To: "Mark Davis" <mark.davis at jtcsv.com>
Cc: <ietf-languages at iana.org>; "Michael Everson"
<everson at evertype.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 08:09
Subject: Re: The ISO 3166 code CS
> 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
> be easy to achieve.
> There are not quite 700 possible codes. While that is larger than
> total number of countries, countries change name/border/status often
> enough and their meaningful names are not randomly distributed
> have long term stability. Permanent lockout of code reuse will
> 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
> No one, I suspect, would object to a code for the "Austro-Hungarian
> Empire" being reassigned some other use. Somewhere between five
> and ninety years lies a more reasonable boundary. I would
> suggest 20 years.
> Best Regards,
> Addison P. Phillips
> Director, Globalization Architecture
> webMethods, Inc.
> +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.
> > Mark
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> > ----- 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
> > the
> >>3166 MA *rescind* the reassignment of CS and assign something else
> > to
> >>Serbia and Montenegro?
> >>Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * *
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