[Tagging] Tagging of Country Names

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 12:16:02 UTC 2016

2016-11-05 12:46 GMT+01:00 Dave F <davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com>:

> What's the difference between 'de facto' & official?

"official name" can have several meanings, but is generally referring to
text on dead tree. It can be found in laws/constitutions (typically in the
first or an early paragraph), treaties, can be released by government
agencies and offices (e.g. statistical agency, cadastre, ...). It can be
recognized (or the entity that has released the text can be recognized) by
international or national organizations, neighbouring (and other) countries
in multilateral or bilateral agreements and treaties, etc.
"de facto" languages are the languages spoken by the people living in a
certain area. They can be the same as the official languages or not.
"de facto local names" can be the names with which local people refer to
the places, and/or can be the names found on the ground. These do not
necessarily have to be officially recognized by any authority.
Additionally there are places where several competing authorities claim to
be authoritative.

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