[discuss] IANA missing information

David Conrad drc at virtualized.org
Mon Mar 17 22:39:31 UTC 2014


On Mar 17, 2014, at 1:08 PM, Carlos A. Afonso <ca at cafonso.ca> wrote:
> One step that should be fixed in the IANA table:
> [...]
> 3. I click on the link and a ISO page opens saying I can check the ISO
> code if I cough up CHF300, which is more than US$300! What is wrong with
> these guys??
> This is not good.


> 3166-1 table is a simple linear, basically static text
> list of country codes, why would anyone have to pay to look at it?

It's particularly unfortunate given the ISO-3166 decoding table provided a very easily understood graphical depiction of the ISO-3166 2-letter codes.  The replacement mechanism is ... sub-optimal (e.g., I was unable to figure out which of the 2-letter codes are reserved for 'user defined' purposes; something that was trivial with the decoding table).

> Hope this can be fixed.

It is not within ICANN's bailiwick to fix the way ISO represents the data they manage.  However, I pointed the fact the IANA registry output points to a not so useful link at ISO's website to folks at ICANN this morning when I noticed it and I suspect they'll fix the links so they don't reference the decoding table in the future.

It might be interesting if ICANN were to recreate the decoding table, but I suspect they're kind of busy with other stuff right now :)


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