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Naah, it is just a web site that needs 'correcting' and using the correct terminology. If they were refering to DVD then perhaps the term to use for US discs would be region 1 or just sourced from the US, region A is a very specific term for BD discs currently which has nothing to do with either HD DVD or DVDs.
Combo discs from the states should be marked R1 for the DVD side. This site talks about region A which is a meaningless term for BOTH HD DVD or DVD.
XA1 will only play a 'region 3' disc if it hasn't been encoded with region 3 (which many have been 'not encoded' like the lovely DeltaMac releases). I.e the disc is actually a region free (0) one but came from a country that normally supplies R3 discs. A region 3 encoded disc will report a wrong region message.