2012年7月3日 星期二

Taiwan is not province of China

最近 ArchLinux 的更新,將 pacman 的 mirrorlist 裡的「Taiwan」改成「Taiwan, province of China」。使用 ArchLinux 也不是一天兩天的事了,怎麼突然就把名字給了。當下就開了 ArchLinux 的 Bugs 頁面想要回報 Bug,為了確認沒有其它相同的 Bug,就先 google 了一下,才發現原來已經有其它使用者回報 Bug 了,而且連 Download 頁面裡的名字也更改了,原因如下:
Comment by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Tuesday, 26 June 2012, 12:27 GMT
Our website uses the ISO_3166-1 nomenclature, of which the country names originate from the United Nations. Certain of these names are indeed subject to dispute [#] however, as a Linux distribution, we are largely incompetent to address such controversies and rely instead on well-established standard bodies.
原來是因為 ISO_3166-1 的關係,雖然說平常不會沒事去看 mirrorlist 或是逛 ArchLinux 的 Download 頁面,但今天就註死被我看到了,而且覺得很礙眼,奇摩子不是很好,所以就寫信去問了 iso.org:(英文很破,不要炮我,不過很明顯的,對方應該知道我在講什麼 XD)
Hi,

I'm a ArchLinux user, and ArchLinux change Taiwan's name to "Taiwan, Province of China" because they follow the ISO-3166.
Is it possible to collect the name from "Taiwan, Province of China" to "Taiwna". Thanks.

Regards.
然後,我得到了以下的回覆:(看起來應該是真人回的,要不然就是有太多人問了一樣的問題,所以有制式化的回覆出現 XD)

The purpose of the standard ISO 3166-1 is to provide codes for the representation of names of countries, territories or areas of geographical interest, such as "TW", "FR", "GB", etc. It is not established to provide the names of countries, territories or areas of geographical interest.

The UN sources which provide the names listed within ISO 3166-1 are:

•       The United Nations Bulletin Country Names
•       Country and Region Codes for Statistical Use of the United Nations Statistics Division

While the first publication does not contain an entry for Taiwan, the entry used to appear in the online version of the second publication "Country and region codes for statistical use". However, we were informed by the UN that the entry was removed from the online version and now the name only appears as a reference in the printed version of the publication. In addition, the online United Nations Terminology Database (UNTERM) currently also gives the name of Taiwan as "Taiwan Province of China". The entry can be seen through the following link:

http://unterm.un.org/dgaacs/unterm.nsf/WebView/53DDCC762960B20A85256E98004AB0FA?OpenDocument

As indicated in the Introduction of ISO 3166-1, “the three parts of ISO 3166 do not express any opinion whatsoever concerning the legal status of any country, dependency, or other area named herein, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries”.

Yours sincerely,
最後一段我有看沒有懂,不過看到 UN 我就覺得是 GG 了,誰叫我們不是聯合國的 0rz...