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Locale::Codes::Changes - details changes to Locale::Codes


This describes the changes made to modules in the Locale-Codes distribution. Major changes are marked with asterisks (*). For the most part, all modules have remained backward compatible at every release, but occasionally a change is made which is backward incompatible. These are marked with an exclamation mark (!).

As of 3.00, the codes are autogenerated from the standards. With each release, codes will be re-generated and tested to see if any code changed. Any time there are any changes to the codes, it will be flagged below with a change: NEW CODE(s).

I intend to check for new codes four times a year (March, June, September, December). I will also check on request, so if a code changes that you use, feel free to contact me. Any time there are new codes, I will add them to the module and release a new version.

VERSION 3.46 (planned 2017-12-01; sbeck)

VERSION 3.45 (planned 2017-09-01; sbeck)

VERSION 3.44 (planned 2017-06-01; sbeck)

VERSION 3.43 (planned 2017-03-01; sbeck)

VERSION 3.42 (2016-11-30; sbeck)

Added Czech republic aliases back in

Common Czech republic aliases disappeared from the standards, so I added them back in. Rob Emery

VERSION 3.41 (2016-11-18; sbeck)

NEW CODE(s) (Jiri Bohac noted that they were needed so this was release a couple weeks earlier than planned)

VERSION 3.40 (2016-09-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.39 (2016-05-31; sbeck)

No new codes (for the existing codesets).

Added UN codes back in

The UN codes have been added back in as their own list of codes. Jarkko Hietaniemi

Added GENC codes

The GENC codes have been added. These are the new US Government codes that replace the FIPS-10 codes. They are based on, but not identical to the ISO 3166 codes.

VERSION 3.38 (2016-03-02; sbeck)


Tests reworked

Improved test suite (and made some changes to based on Devel::Cover. Test suite now has 100% coverage.

VERSION 3.37 (2015-12-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.36 (2015-09-01; sbeck)


(!) Removed alias_code function

The alias_code function was preserved for backward compatibility, but has been deprecated since 3.20. It has been removed.

VERSION 3.35 (2015-06-01; sbeck)


Documentation improvements

Many changes to the formatting in the documentation to improve it. Suggested by Pete Houston.

VERSION 3.34 (2015-03-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.33 (2014-12-01; sbeck)


Filled out LOCALE_LANG_TERM codeset

The terminologic language codes only included codes from languages where the ISO specified both a bibliographic code and a terminologic code. If both are not specified, the better solution was to use the code for both code sets. Prompted by a suggestion by Jarkko Hietaniemi.

Moved repository to GitHub

Suggested by Gabor Szabo.

VERSION 3.32 (2014-09-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.31 (2014-06-01; sbeck)


Bug fixes

Fixed a bug in the scripts used to extract data from spreadsheets that prevented the SHP currency code from being found. RT 94229

VERSION 3.30 (2014-03-04; sbeck)


alias_code remove date set

The alias_code function exists for backward compatibility. It has been deprecated since version 3.20 when it was replaced by rename_country_code. The alias_code function will be removed in the December 2014 release.

Bug fixes

Fixed a problem that was preventing rename_* functions to not work. RT 92680.

VERSION 3.29 (2014-01-27; sbeck)


ISO 3166 country codes improved

ISO 3166 is now browsable online (previously, only the alpha-2 codes were) and it contains more accurate information than the previous sources, so I've switched to using the full standard. In response to RT 92303 which reported some codes being 'retired' that should not have been.

Bug fixes

Fixed the pod test files so that pod tests won't get run at install time. In response to RT 91167.

VERSION 3.28 (2013-12-02; sbeck)


VERSION 3.27 (2013-09-03; sbeck)


* FIPS-10 country codes removed

As of June, the FIPS codes are not being published in their entirety. Only changes to the codes are published. This adds a huge layer of complexity to maintaining the set, which is not worth doing considering that the set is deprecated. As such, the code set is no longer supported.

VERSION 3.26 (2013-06-03; sbeck)

Documentation fixes

Some of the examples were not correct. RT 84589

Some typos corrected. RT 85692

VERSION 3.25 (2013-03-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.24 (2012-12-03; sbeck)


Syria alias

Syria added as an alias. RT 82747

FIPS-10 country codes deprecated

The FIPS-10 document is being withdrawn. It was deprecated in 2008, and is being updated now only until all the agencies that use it have switched to something else. The current version no longer lists the long names for countries. These long names (such as 'Republic of Albania' for Albania) only appeared in the old FIPS-10 document which is no longer available, so they are no longer available in this module.

I will continue to support the FIPS-10 codeset as long as it is available, but at that point, it will be withdrawn immediately. If an official end-of-life date is announced, I will include a notice here. Otherwise, support for the codeset will be discontinued when the document is withdrawn.

You are encouraged to no longer use the FIPS-10 codeset.

Domain country codes now come from ISO 3166

The IANA domain codes have changed slightly. The IANA no longer publishes a list of countries associated with their codes. Instead, they use the ISO 3166 codes and country names. However, they support a few non-standard codes, so I will continue to maintain this codeset. The domain codes are now lowercase to correspond to the ISO 3166 codes.

VERSION 3.23 (2012-09-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.22 (2012-06-01; sbeck)


Updated perl version required

Changed 'require 5.002' (which dated back to the version 2.xx Locale-Codes) to 'require 5.006'. Some features used in Locale-Codes are not supported that far back. Nicholas Clark

Sorted deprecated codes

The codes in the generated deprecated codes modules were not sorted making version diffs bigger than they should be. Nicholas Clark

VERSION 3.21 (2012-03-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.20 (2011-12-01; sbeck)


Added limited support for deprecated codes

The code2XXX, XXX2code, all_XXX_codes, and all_XXX_names functions now support retired codes. RT 71124

Fixed capitalization

The 'South Sudan' country was all caps. RT 71024

Pod tests off by default

The pod tests will not run at install time. RT 71122

Codesets may be specified by name

All codesets may be specified by a constant or by their name now. Previously, they were specified only by a constant.

alias_code deprecated

The alias_code function exists for backward compatibility. It has been replaced by rename_country_code . The alias_code function will be removed sometime after September, 2013 .

Code cleanup

All work is now done in the central module (Locale::Codes). Previously, some was still done in the wrapper modules (Locale::Codes::*) but that is gone now.

Added LangFam module

Added Language Family codes (langfam) as defined in ISO 639-5.

VERSION 3.18 (2011-08-31; sbeck)


No longer use CIA data

The CIA world added non-standard values, so I no longer use it as a source of data. Based on a report by Michiel Beijen.

VERSION 3.17 (2011-06-28; sbeck)


Added new types of codes

Added Language Extension codes (langext) and Language Variation codes (langvar) as defined in the IANA language registry.

Added new codeset(s)

Added language codes from ISO 639-5

Added language/script codes from the IANA language subtag registry

Bug fixes

Fixed an uninitialized value warning. RT 67438

Fixed the return value for the all_XXX_codes and all_XXX_names functions. RT 69100

Reorganized code

Reorganized modules to move Locale::MODULE to Locale::Codes::MODULE to allow for cleaner future additions. The original four modules (Locale::Language, Locale::Currency, Locale::Country, Locale::Script) will continue to work, but all new sets of codes will be added in the Locale::Codes namespace.

VERSION 3.16 (2011-03-01; sbeck)


VERSION 3.15 (2010-12-02; sbeck)


Minor fixes

Added version number to Makefile.PL/Build.PL requirement for POD testing modules. RT 62247

Changed 'use vars' to 'our'

VERSION 3.14 (2010-09-28; sbeck)


Bug fixes

Stripped out some HTML that got included with some codes.

VERSION 3.13 (2010-06-04; sbeck)


VERSION 3.12 (2010-04-06; sbeck)


Reorganized code

Renamed to to avoid causing an error when built as part of perl.

VERSION 3.11 (2010-03-01; sbeck)


Added new codeset(s)

Added the IANA domain names to Country

Bug fixes

Fixed a problem that produced warnings with perl 5.11.5. Jerry D. Hedden

VERSION 3.10 (2010-02-18; sbeck)


Reorganized code

Moved support files into the Locale::Codes namespace.

The work done in each of the Locale::XXX modules was virtually identical to each other. It has all been moved to a central module and the Locale::XXX modules are now just wrappers.

(!) Changed XXX_code2code behavior slightly

In previous versions, passing in the same code set for both code set arguments would automatically return undef. For example:

   => undef

This doesn't seem like reasonable behavior, so it has been changed to allow the same code set:

   => 'bo'

Note that if an invalid code is passed in, undef will still be returned:

   => undef
Added many semi-private routines

Previous versions had only two semi-private routines: rename_country and alias_code which had the ability to modify the internal data in a couple very limited ways. It was requested (in an anonymous posting by someone named Steve and also by Steve Hay) that better support for modifying internal data, so a full set of routines were added.

The full set of routines includes:








New aliases

Added "UK" alias. Steve Hay

VERSION 3.01 (2010-02-15; sbeck)

Fixed Makefile.PL and Build.PL

They now install as core modules as they are supposed to. Reported in RT 54526

VERSION 3.00 (2010-02-10; sbeck)


(*) New maintainer

From 1997 to 2004, Locale::Codes was maintained by Neil Bowers. Unfortunately, no updates were made from June 2004 to January 2010. During that time, a number of changes have been made to the standards since then, so the data included was out-of-date.

I contacted Neil to get his permission to assume maintenance of the module, and he kindly agreed.

(*) (!) All codes are generated from standards

All of the values returned by the various functions are now values directly from the standards. This means that the values returned in the 2.xx series are not necessarily the same as the values returned here.

As an example, the ISO 3166 standard which lists country codes refers to the country associated with the code "bo" as "Bolivia, Plurinational State of", so that is what is returned. In the 2.xx series, "Bolivia" was returned. Also, the country names vary from one standard to another. So the code "bol" which is maintained by the United Nations returns the name of the country as "Bolivia (Plurinational State of)". Some common aliases have been added, so you can still request a code associated with a county name "Bolivia".

Since the data comes from the standards, some "incorrect" values are no longer supported. For example, 2.07 treated "Zaire" as an alias for "Congo", but the country changed it's name, and "Zaire" is not in the standard, so it has been dropped in 3.00.

Added new codeset(s)

FIPS 10 country codes (requested in RT 1755)

Alpha-3 and Term language codes (requested in RT 11730)

Numeric currency codes (requested in RT 18797)

(*) (!) Locale::Script changed

In 2.xx, Locale::Script assigned scripts to country codes, which is NOT how it is done currently in the standards. It appears that an older version of ISO 15924 did this, but I haven't found an old version to confirm that, and in any case, that is not the case in the current standards.

As a result, the Locale::Script module is completely incompatible with the 2.xx version with respect to the types of codes it supports. None of the old codes will work.

Added missing functions

I've added in some functions which were "missing" previously (since there was only one set of codes supported, the code2code functions didn't apply):


so the interfaces for each type of codes are consistent.

(!) Dropped support for _alias_code

In Locale::Country, _alias_code was an allowed, but deprecated function which was documented to be supported in the 2.xx series. I've removed it.

(!) All functions return the standard value

code2country (and other equivalent functions) now returns the name of the country specified in the standard (if the different standards refer to the country by different variations in the name, the results will differ based on the CODESET)

(!) rename_country function altered

The rename_country function from 2.07 would guess the CODESET (unlike all other functions which used a default of LOCALE_CODE_ALPHA_2). The guess can cause problems since (with the addition of FIPS) codes may appear in different codesets for different countries. The behavior has been changed to be the same as other functions (default to LOCALE_CODE_ALPHA_2).

VERSION 2.07 (2004-06-10; neilb)

Made $_ local in the initialization code for each module change back-propagated from Perl distribution

Removed two non ISO-8859-1 characters from language names change back-propagated from Perl distribution

Added the following aliases, with a test case for each - Burma added to Myanmar - French Southern and Antarctic Lands to French Southern Territories patch from TJ Mather

"Canadian Dollar" was misspelled as "Candian Dollar" - noted by Nick Cabatoff, patch from Michael Hennecke

Changes to Locale::Country reflecting changes in ISO 3166 - added Aland Islands (ax, ala, 248) - YUGOSLAVIA is now SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO YU => CS YUG => SCG 891 => 891 (unchanged) (YUGOSLAVIA retained as an alias) - EAST TIMOR changed to TIMOR-LESTE (old name retained as an alias) - three letter code for Romania changed from ROM to ROU

ZAIRE is now CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE ZR => CD ZAR => COD 180 => 180 (unchanged) (ZAIRE retained as alias)

VERSION 2.06 (2002-07-15; neilb)

The four modules which have data after __DATA__ weren't closing the DATA filehandle after reading from it, which they should. Bug and patch from Steve Hay.

VERSION 2.05 (2002-07-08; neilb)

Added three letter codes for the countries that were missing them. Patch from TJ Mather.

Documentation bug: one of the examples used => where the lvalue was a constant, which isn't allowed, unless you put the () with the constant to force the right interpretation. Pointed out by TJ Mather and MYT.

Updated the URL for the appendix in the CIA world factbook. Patch from TJ Mather.

VERSION 2.04 (2002-05-23; neilb)

Updated according to changes in ISO 3166-1 described in ISO 3166-1 newsletters V-4 and V-5, dated 2002-05-20: - Kazakstan is now "Kazakhstan" - Macau is now "Macao" The old names are retained as aliases.

The alpha-2 and alpha-3 codes for East Timor have changed: tp -> tl tmp -> tls the numeric code stays 626. If you want to support the old codes, you can use the semi-private function alias_code().

VERSION 2.03 (2002-03-24; neilb)

Fixed a typo in the alias for the Vatican, reported (with patch) by Philip Newton.

Added "Moldova" as an alias for "Moldova, Republic of"

Updated Makefile.PL to include AUTHOR and ABSTRACT

VERSION 2.02 (2002-03-09; neilb)

Added semi-private routine rename_country() to Locale::Country, based on a patch from Iain Chalmers.

Added test rename.t for the above function.

Renamed _alias_code to be alias_code. Have retained the old name for backwards compatibility. Will remove it when the major version number next changes.

VERSION 2.01 (2002-02-18; neilb)

Split the documentation for all modules into separate pod files.

Made sure all =over were =over 4; some were other values.

The code2code() methods had one more shift than was needed.

VERSION 2.00 (2002-02-17; neilb)

Created Locale::Script which provides an interface to the ISO codes for identification of scripts (writing scripts, rather than perl style scripts). The codes are defined by ISO 15924, which is currently in final draft. Thanks to Jarkko for pointing out this new standard. All three code sets are supported, and a test-suite added.

Added support for country name variants to Locale::Country, so that country2code('USA') country2code('United States') country2code('United States of America') will all return 'us'. This had been in the LIMITATIONS section since the first version. Patch from TJ Mather with additional variants from me. Added test-cases for these.

Added VERSION to Locale::Constants. Thanks to Jarkko for pointing that it was missing.

Should really have bumped major version with previous release, since there was a change to the API.

VERSION 1.06 (2001-03-04; neilb)

Added Locale::Constants, which defines three symbols for identifying which codeset is being used:


Updated Locale::Country to support all three code sets defined by ISO 3166. This was requested by Keith Wall. I haven't added multiple codeset support to the other modules yet - I'll wait until someone asks for them.

VERSION 1.05 (2001-02-13; neilb)

Added Locale::Currency, contribution from Michael Hennecke.

Added test suite for it (t/currency.t) and added test cases to t/all.t for the all_* functions.

VERSION 1.04 (2000-12-21; neilb)

Fixed very minor typos from 1.03!

VERSION 1.03 (2000-12-??; neilb)

Updated Locale::Country: - fixed spelling of a few countries - added link to a relevant page from CIA world factbook

Updated Locale::Language: - fixed typo in the documentation (ISO 939 should be 639)

VERSION 1.02 (2000-05-04; neilb)

Updated Locale::Country and Locale::Language to reflect changes in the relevant ISO standards. These mainly reflect languages which are new to the relevant standard, and changes in the spelling of some country names.

Added official URLs for the standards to the SEE ALSO sections of the doc for each module.

Thanks to Jarkko Hietaniemi for pointing me at the pages with latest versions of ISO 3166 and 639.

VERSION 1.00 (1998-03-09; neilb)

Added Locale::Country::_alias_code() so that 'uk' can be added as the code for "United Kingdom", if you want it. This was prompted by Ed Jordan.

Added a new test suite for handling this case, and extended the existing test-suite to include testing of the case where 'uk' hasn't been defined as a valid code.

VERSION 0.003 (1997-05-09; neilb)

First public release to CPAN




See Locale::Codes for full author history.

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Copyright (c) 2001-2010 Neil Bowers
Copyright (c) 2010-2016 Sullivan Beck

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