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Re: "UK" or "GB"

From: Martin J. Duerst <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 17:46:36 +0100 (MET)
To: Thorvardur Kari Olafsson <thorvardur@stri.is>
cc: Tom Garland SMI European Software Centre <tgarland@elc4.Ireland.Sun.COM>, www-international@www10.w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.970107174059.245D-100000@enoshima>
On Tue, 7 Jan 1997, Thorvardur Kari Olafsson wrote:

> At 14:35 7.1.1997, Tom Garland SMI European Software Centre
> <tgarland@elc4.Irelan wrote:
> >Hi folks,
> >can anybody tell me what the current ISO 3166 alpha-2 country code is for
> >the United Kingdom - "UK" or "GB"? My ISO3166:1993 spec tells me it is "GB".
> >
> The ISO code is definitely GB (like in GBP). This is unlikely to change.
> Usually, Internet top-domains use the ISO country codes, but .uk is an
> exception from this rule (as are all those 3-character top-domain names).
> More on top-domain names:
> I read in the latest ISO 3166 newsletter that some people are asking for
> non-country based ISO codes to indicate new Internet top-domains, but
> according to the current ISO standard, all country codes have to refer to a
> territory.

There is a strong urge to create more top level domains outside
the ISO 3166 domains. This is currently addressed by the IAHC
(see http://www.iahc.org/). However, as things stand, these
new domains will all have more than two letters, to avoid any
possible conflicts with ISO 3166.

Regards,	Martin.
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 1997 11:47:19 UTC

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