[whatwg] ISO 639 / ISO 3166 / ISO 4217 inputs

Wrigley, Ave Ave.Wrigley at itn.co.uk
Mon Jul 19 05:00:14 PDT 2004

> [ was this meant for the list? ]

Yes, it was - apologies, I have just posted it.
> > > Do you really want to put vendors into the position of 
> deciding just 
> > > what to call the Malvinas Islands?  Or exactly the status of 
> > > palestine or the Gaza Strip.
> > 
> > No ... that is why it is specified as an ISO 3166. It should be a 
> > requirement for browsers to be compliant to this standard.
> but I don't think this standard is all that common, in the UK 
> for example, you nearly always get GB split up.

I'm surpirsed that you say it isn't all that commmon. It is, after all
(and with one notable exception), the standard on which two letter
domain names are based. I expect you will find (although I say this with
no real justification apart from my prejudice ;-) that most country
selection menus on web forms are based on ISO 3166, and are broadly
similar to the example.
> My argument is that the vast majority case will be people 
> writing their own, therefore we shouldn't special case the 
> ISO-3166 case, placing implementation and maintenance burdens 
> on vendors (what happens when Opera goes bankrupt?)
> [the detailed proposals don't degrade, so need to be voided 
> straight off, unfortunately]

Sorry about that - I wasn't suggesting this as a formal declaration,
just an example of how it might work. I am happy to defer to people who
know more about HTML than me on the details. What do you mean by
"degrade"? Do you mean that the example wouldn't work on some browsers?
What aspect? Is it the <select /> type unary tag?

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