revision of ISO 3166

Peter Constable petercon at
Sat Sep 4 00:04:44 CEST 2004

> FYI, there is work underway to revise ISO 3166-1. It is currently at
> committee stage (CD) and is being balloted, with a deadline for
> of 2004-9-17. There is a copy of the draft available at

I can add a few details:

- Unlike ISO 639, this explicitly intends identifiers to bear a visual
similarity to the name of a country (in some language -- clause 5.1) .

- On the one hand, this doc requires a period of 50 years before an
identifier can be re-assigned (clause 7.4).

- On the other hand, and following from the first point above, it
indicates that changes to the name of a country may require a change to
the identifier (clause 7.3).

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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