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   Re: [xml-dev] ISO turns evil?

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Simon St.Laurent writes:

 > > ...The use of ISO 3166-1 in commercial products may be subject to a
 > > licence fee.....
 > So someone has to develop another list of country and language codes,
 > and then a non-commercial service performs transformations. Hmmm...

It might be as simple as conforming to an IETF RFC that happens to
contain the same codes, or perhaps some very minor variations.  After
all, that how ISO develops some of its specs are developed from other
people's work.

Again, this is all premature.  Obviously, someone has made some kind
of a serious mistake at ISO (given the warning on the Web site), but
hopefully it's one that they will fix quickly.  If not, then they will
rapidly become completely irrelevant in the standards world, since
almost no one is interested in taking a risk with standards that might
turn out not to be royalty-free.

All the best,



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