Missing subtags 003 and 172

Phillips, Addison addison at lab126.com
Fri Jul 30 20:41:44 CEST 2010

> As for utility, I am starting to see the point about 003, although
> I
> still contend that the decision by the UNSD to place this in a
> footnote
> is not accidental, as it doesn't fit the hierarchy:

I think the problem may be that the web page where it appears in a footnote is not the official list. It says on those pages (highlighting is mine):

The materials presented here are **excerpted** from the United Nations publication, Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use, Revision 4 (United Nations publication, Sales No. 98.XVII.9 in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic).

> > A.  UN numeric codes assigned to 'macro-geographical
> >     (continental)' or sub-regions MUST be registered in the
> >     registry.  These codes are not associated with an assigned
> >     ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code and represent supra-national areas,
> >     usually covering more than one nation, state, province, or
> >     territory.
> 003 is listed only in the footnote, not in the chart proper,

The chart is not the standard. Be sure of what the standard code tables actually say.

> I wonder if the RFC could be an individual submission and not go
> through the whole WG process.

I think it is not necessary to do an RFC unless 172 is "real important" and I don't think 172 is "real important enough".


Addison Phillips
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