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i18n Languages (HTML) Drop-Down Box

Posted by bcmoney on February 16, 2009 in HTML with 1 Comment

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Well when it comes to finding answers to coding-related issues, or finding things in general on the web, I’m usually pretty impressive at coming up with great finds of just about anything i’m looking for. If the usual Search Engines don’t work you can always try a message forum, then finally if all else fails, leave it to chance with question answering services like StackOverflow, Yahoo! Answers, Ask, Aardvark or Wolfram.

This one, however, stumped me completely!

For the life of me, I could not find an existing drop-down box that shows a *COMPLETE* Listing of i18n standards-compliant languages, with accompanying ISO Tags for the Identification of Languages in the VALUE attribute of the OPTION entries in the SELECT drop-down box.

In fact, I’m not even sure if such a thing existed before now, but I just feel like it does somewhere but frustratingly enough, I was unable to find it… So, I looked for a table showing the 2-3 letter codes per country, because I KNEW I had seen one of these before, and used one just a few months earlier for an unrelated project…

Well, long story short, after several redirections I finally found this table called the Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages and came up with the following Drop-Down box (enjoy!):

i18n code:

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BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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