Additional descriptions for territories ( was: Re: Libya)

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Sat Oct 1 21:55:13 CEST 2011

2011-09-28 20:33, "Doug Ewell" <doug at> wrote:

> The correspondence is not always ideal; for example,
> People's Republic of Korea" and "Republic of Korea" appear
> of the more common "North Korea" and "South Korea."
> We might also consider adding the occasional
second Description field
> that matches common use, such as "South Korea"
or "Iran," to ease the

((a case of misplaced punctuation... I know it is a custom, a bad one.))

> transition and reduce the potential for
controversy the next time this
> happens.

I agree with that, and would suggest the following list of additional
descriptions (and in one case a split, which I think should have been
done earlier, for purely technical reasons, since it is really two
separate "descriptions").

Description: Åland Islands                         -> Åland
Description: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
        add two descriptions (note that there are several Cocos Is.):
        [Cocos Islands (Australia); Keeling Islands]
Description: The Democratic Republic of the Congo  -> Congo-Kinshasa
Description: Congo                                 -> Congo-Brazzaville
Description: Christmas Island
        there are several islands with this name...
        [Christmas Island (Australia)]
Description: Czech Republic                        -> Czechia
Description: German Democratic Republic            -> East Germany
Description: Ceuta, Melilla                        -> Ceuta and Melilla
Description: Federated States of Micronesia  -> Federation of Micronesia
Description: Islamic Republic of Iran              -> Iran
Description: Democratic People's Republic of Korea -> North Korea
Description: Republic of Korea                     -> South Korea
Description: Lao People's Democratic Republic      -> Laos
Description: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya                -> Libya
Description: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics   -> Soviet Union
Description: Taiwan, Province of China             -> Taiwan
Description: United Republic of Tanzania           -> Tanzania
Description: United States                   -> United States of America
Description: Holy See (Vatican City State)
        split into two descriptions: [Holy See; Vatican City State]
Description: Democratic Yemen                      -> South Yemen

I've left out MK and PS, however.

I also note that:
Description: North America      vs. Description: Northern America
Description: Micronesia     vs. Description: Federated States of Micronesia
have been cases of continuing problems of translation in CLDR...
But the former have comments in the Registry, and for neither I have
a really good solution.

    /Kent K

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