SC22/WG20 N638

From: (John Clews)

Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 9:58 AM



ISO 3166-2, in relation to ISO/IEC 14652 and ISO/IEC 15897


For information

ISO 3166 is in three parts, although part 3 only includes a list of

superseded codes. ISO 3166-2 (Codes for the representation of names of

countries and their subdivisions, part 2 - Country subdivision code)

was published by ISO Central Secretariat only on 1998-12-15.

As this includes information on quite a number of cultural elements,

for quite a number of countries, and languages (European and

non-European), including fallback characters, sorting orders in

specific languages, transliteration systems, country codes and

language codes, and may in fact be used by some as a handy source of

information on cultural elements, in my view it would be useful for

members of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG20 to look at this in advance of the

next meeting of JTC1/SC22/WG20, and possibly even to include

reference to this at part of the next meeting of JTC1/SC22/WG20 in

Philadelphia (May 1999).

It may have some relevance to ISO/IEC FCD 14652 and ISO/IEC 15897,

even if it may only involved cross-referencing standards in

Normative references.

ISO 3166-2 includes new codes for administrative units, and in

addition also uses pre-existing codes for countries (from ISO 3166-1)

languages (from ISO 639-1, and also lists transliteration systems

that have been used for certain entries, and also national ordering

practices for certain languages which are used in certain countries.

Best regards

John Clews


John Clews, SESAME Computer Projects, 8 Avenue Rd, Harrogate, HG2 7PG

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Committee Chair: ISO/TC46/SC2: Conversion of Written Languages

Committee Member: CEN/TC304: European Localization Requirements

Committee Member: ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC22/WG20: Internationalization

Committee Member: ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC2: Coded Character Sets

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