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LC-2023: transformation across character sets

From: Tom Hume <Tom.Hume@futureplatforms.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:23:11 +0100
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To: public-bpwg-ct <public-bpwg-ct@w3.org>

LC-2023 discusses problems around transformation of content across  
character sets: mappings may not exist, documents may contain multiple  
mappings, external entities may use alternative mappings and some  
proprietary ones are well established (e.g. pictograms on I-Mode).

There have been posts on this list referring to character set  
translation being a potentially useful service which a proxy might  
provide, from mobile device towards origin server [1]. I've not seen  
any discussion on character set translation carried out in the other  
direction.

I'm wondering how likely it is that a device will request content from  
a server via a transforming proxy which the device is capable of  
parsing itself, and the proxy transform this content in such a way  
that it is not suitable for display on the device? This sounds like a  
Bad Thing :(

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-bpwg-ct/2008Mar/0021.html
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