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Subject: Re: [ubl-ndrsc] [Fwd: Fwd: ISO 3166-1 -- Change ofAlpha-3CodeElement for Romania]

At 09:49 AM 2/12/02 -0500, Phil Griffin wrote:
>Again, I don't believe that is the case. All I'm
>saying is validate against the number, and display
>the associated alphanumeric for the user. As in
>   <country name="ROU"> 647 </country>
>   <country name="ROM"> 647 </country>
>   <country name="ROU" fullName="Romania"> 647 </country>

I think it would be a good design principle to avoid duplication of data in 
the instance.  It presents too many opportunities for the instance creator 
to mess up (with a number that doesn't match the alphanumeric, for 
example), and requires us to document the semantics when there's a mismatch 
and when one or the other is missing.

If the *user interface* wants to turn an unfriendly number (or 
alphanumeric) into a nice spelled-out string, though, that's fair game.

Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center   eve.maler @ sun.com

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