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Re: i18n-ISSUE-468: Do Unicode Strings get normalized when placed into JSON data

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:08:51 +0100
To: www-international@w3.org, Steven Atkin <atkin@us.ibm.com>
Cc: public-csv-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <etPan.5577fea3.489e65c.ed@jenit.local>
Hi Steven,

Thank you for raising this issue which we turned into https://github.com/w3c/csvw/issues/580

We have added text in the definition of the tabular data model (http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/#model) to make it clear that all string values it contains are Unicode strings:

  String values within the tabular data model (such as column titles or cell string values) 
  MUST contain only Unicode characters.

We have also added text in step 5 of the non-normative parsing algorithm for CSV at http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/#parsing which describes how to create a model from CSV and now says:

5. Read the file using the encoding, as specified in [encoding], using the replacement 
   error mode. If the encoding is not a Unicode encoding, use a normalizing transcoder 
   to normalize into Unicode Normal Form C as defined in [UAX15].

   NOTE

   The replacement error mode ensures that any non-Unicode characters within the CSV 
   file are replaced by U+FFFD, ensuring that strings within the tabular data model 
   such as column titles and cell string values only contain valid Unicode characters.

We have added text to the JSON conversion document at http://w3c.github.io/csvw/csv2json/#generating-json which says:

   The [tabular-data-model] specifies that string values within tabular data (such as 
   column titles or cell string values) must contain only Unicode characters. No Unicode 
   normalization (as specified in [UAX15]) is applied to these string values during the 
   conversion to JSON.

Please can you confirm that these changes satisfy this comment?

Thanks,

Jeni
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Jeni Tennison
http://www.jenitennison.com/

On 1 June 2015 at 17:56:29, Steven Atkin (atkin@us.ibm.com) wrote:
>  
>  
> 4.5 Interpreting datatypes
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2015/WD-csv2json-20150416/#datatypes
>  
> When strings are parsed from the CSV data are they first normalized before
> being placed into JSON strings? For example, are the strings normalized
> into Unicode Normal Form C.
>  
> It is recommended that text not be normalized if it is already in a Unicode
> encoding. If the text is not in Unicode then a normalizing transcoder
> should be used and the Unicode Normal Form C should be used.
>  
>  
> Steven Atkin, Ph.D.
> STSM - Chief Globalization Architect
> IBM Globalization Center of Competency
> atkin@us.ibm.com
> http://www-3.ibm.com/software/globalization/index.jsp
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