Summary: Adding support for Article Numbers to cite core beyond
ISBN and being able to subdivide it by region
This was specifically brought up by issues with the video game template which
uses Japanese Article Number (JAN), or should for quality articles, in almost
every article for a video game. Many of the rest (including a lot of overlap)
use Universal Product Code (UPC) and a few European Article Number (EAN).
Newer JAN and EAN are comparable and under the same division of Internal
Article Numbers (IAN), but not older ones.
Unlike ISBN, even though they are under the larger IAN umbrella, they are still
refered to by the original numbering sequence, JAN and EAN. UPC is also suppose
to be computable with this, except 12-numbers instead of 13. Furthermore,
unlike isbn these also may have more varied codes, like shorter sequences for
smaller products that cannot fit the code or specialized products like
magazines which need more info.
Generally the code would need to figure out what the country of origin is based
on the id for assigning whether it was JAN, EAN, UPC or another (see
http://www.gs1.org/barcodes/support/prefix_list for prefix info).
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