Re: Bug#229325: country/region should be used
Around 18 o'clock on 17 Mar, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Wang WenRui (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> I'll try to have a look at ISO-3166 terminology. Using "region" may
> also be confusing because we will get people asking for Rhein-Westfalen
> or "Nord-Pas de Calais"...or (ultra high provocation) Tibet.
Well, the ISO-3166 _is_ "country or area & region codes" according to UN,
it is a "coding standard for coding the names of countries and dependent
areas" according to Wikipedia. Note that from iso.org: the country
names used in ISO 3166-1 are all from United Nations sources. Using
these country names officially notified by the countries to the UN
Secretary General helps in keeping ISO 3166-1 politically neutral and
thus acceptable to as many users as possible.
Using "country code" _for short_ may be okay in some occasions, But not
fittable in a formal installer of the best GNU/Linux distribution, when
users "choose a country" from a list with
I'm not debating the political issues, but wishing the coming sarge
installer "acceptable to as many users as possible", especially to tens
of thousands GNU/Linux users in China.
> I think the name is "country or territory" or something like this.
> But, well, in 99% of cases, the name "country" is appropriate. Maybe
> ask for removal of Hong-Kong and Macau from ISO-3166....:-)