[whatwg] Re: ISO 639 / ISO 3166 / ISO 4217 inputs
ian at hixie.ch
Sun Aug 29 10:22:08 PDT 2004
On Thu, 26 Aug 2004, Ave Wrigley wrote:
> > >
> > > The problem is that even if the list is updated, the UAs aren't. If
> > > this had been done from the start, people using IE2 would have
> > > ancient country lists, and there would be little that page authors
> > > could do about it.
> > I'd just like to note that both IE and Mozilla do actually contain an
> > ISO639 list, for specifying values for Accept-Language. Mozilla also
> > contains an ISO3166 list, which, IIRC, is used in concert with the
> > ISO639 list.
> Is it feasible to have the UEs update their lists dynamically? The ISO
> lists are hosted in a (fairly) reliable place. After all, this sort of
> thing is done for referencing standard DTDs in non-standalone XML pages.
The net effect of doing this would be to cause the host to be regularly
checked by some 600 million users (once Web Forms 2 is widely adopted).
I don't think anyone particularly wants to host a site that gets that many
hits without some sort of serious compensation!
> > > Also, note that vendors typically want to stay WELL away from
> > > specifying stuff like this.
> ... which is why you specify it in term of an international standard,
> and sidestep the responsibility ;-)
That didn't help Microsoft. Window 95's timezone selector used official UN
maps, and ended up being effectively shunned by an entire country, if I
understand what happened correctly.
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