Is ICANN promoting a use of alternate sources?
Good morning,cf. http://www.icann.org/translations/draft-translation-programme-v2.2-13feb08-en_EN.pdf (and FR)
On fundamentals: on page 13 there are references to important ISO standards, and instead of authoritative ISO 3166/MA documents, your quote some free websites. That is lack of professional approach. Does ICANN consider than taking a copy of A-root-server from an alternate root provider is as good as taking it from the authoritative IANA source? It is precisely what you are doing with regard to ISO authoritative source. Please note ICANN is one of 10 voting members of ISO 3166/MA, its knowledge of ISO 3166 is not second hand.
The authoritative ISO 3166-1 decoding table is at http://www.iso.org/iso/iso-3166-1_decoding_table The start of ISO's focal point for country codes is at http://www.iso.org/iso/country_codes.htm The authoritative ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2 tables are provided by the US Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php
On quality: your document has been just released, brand new, and already broken links, page 10, http://www.commonsenseadvisory.org does not work. Yet another non authoritative source?
Best regards, Elisabeth Porteneuve