[Matroska-devel] ISO 3166-1 Country Codes Instead of ccTLDs?

Pipian pipian at pipian.com
Tue Nov 29 01:35:33 CET 2005

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The choice of ccTLDs as country codes (esp. in Chapter circumstances)
seems slightly ill-guided due to certain indefinite circumstances, given

- - Some domains are not allocated to a registrar (but theoretically
exist) such as EH, KP, AX, and CS.
- - A handful (theoretically) have duplicates, such as UK/GB, TP/TL, CS/YU.
- - At least one domain is possibly not appropriate any longer (SU).

It seems to me that it would be thus more appropriate to use ISO 3166-1
for the purposes of country codes, given that it is an accepted
international standard (ccTLDs are vaguer in that regard) and is
identical to the ccTLD with the exception of:

- - Ensuring EH, KP, AX, and CS are present.
- - Removing the "transitional" cases of SU, TP, and YU.
- - Removing the "exceptional" cases of EU, AC, GG, IM, JE, and UK.

It could be extended to include the Transitional Reservations of ISO
3166-1 (though this is dangerous as this theoretically can change as
codes are retired from here, though it would, for now, add back the
"transitional" cases), the Exceptional Reservations (safer as it's
permanent, and would add back all of the "exceptional" cases)

Even supposing that such reservations were not included, it would bring
the codes more in line with the accepted standard (though perhaps
irrelevant for these purposes), RFC 3066.

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