.GP, .TM, .TV and .MQ to be Removed ?
John Charles Broomfield
Wed Sep 16 16:27:07 CEST 1998
> >Lets get some facts straight first. > > Tuvalu (.TV) is probably not a 'countire', but according to > > the CIA World Factbook (http://umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact96/254.htm) > > it is indeed a country. > > > > The CoCos (Keeling) Islands (.CC) is probably not a 'countire' either, > > whatever that may be, but according to the CIA World Factbook > > (http://umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact96/63.htm) it is indeed a country, > > currently administered as a territory by the Commonwealth of Australia. > > Ans "Scotland" is a country administered as a territory by England and has no > country code. > I suggest a forensic analysis of the "county code" tlds is in order. This > point was raised by a dozen or so folks in Geneva. Hi Richard, I agree that the current system is less than perfect, but how would YOU select what is or not a country. Even further, are you sure it's a good idea to actually have a body responsible for technical matters draw a list of what is or not a country? I feel that the creation of such a list is a HIGHLY political affair (Is Palestine a country or not?) and really is something that should be undertaken by a group geared up for that sort of thing. ISO is such a group. I really think that you're bringing up the issue in the wrong place. Let me give an analogy: Say you don't like the name of your street, and you don't like the fact that your postman brings mail addressed to your street-name. Do you bash your postman or the post-office? It's not the post-office that decides names for streets, and to be honest it's not their business either. You take up the issue of street names with whoever is in charge of naming them (say your local town-hall for example). You don't start a national campaign complaining about the way that the postal service designates streets (basically because it's NOT the PS designating them). IANA doesn't choose to consider Tuvalu a country and not Scotland. IANA does however choose to use the ISO-3166 country code list. Do you have any other suggestion of a list which has the countries that you personally consider countries with a nice list of two-letter codes (or whatever) that could be used instead? Didn't think so. Yours, John Broomfield. -------- Logged at Wed Sep 16 16:37:55 MET DST 1998 ---------
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