John Cowan cowan at
Wed Apr 19 16:24:14 CEST 2006

Michael Everson scripsit:

> >If GB is considered to still include the islands, then no comment is 
> >needed.
> GB oughtn't to have included them in the first place, I believe.

In my view, it never did.  The meaning of the ISO 3166 codes is dependent
on the UNSD codes, and the codes for the United Kingdom (826), the
Channel Islands collectively (830), Guernsey (831), Jersey (832), and
Man (833) have been separate for quite a while.  (Doug probably knows
how long.)  The 3166/MA action just rectifies the anomaly whereby
places with UNSD codes did not have 3166 codes.

Only do what only you can do.               John Cowan <cowan at>
  --Edsger W. Dijkstra's advice
    to a student in search of a thesis

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