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Re: On IDNA issues

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 17:01:02 +0900
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To: Felix Sasaki <fsasaki@w3.org>, "public-i18n-core@w3.org" <public-i18n-core@w3.org>

Hello Felix,

At 13:59 06/12/19, Felix Sasaki wrote:
>I had an action item
>[NEW] ACTION: Felix to see what has to be updated on tutorial material
>for IDNA issues [recorded in
>I looked at http://www.w3.org/International/articles/idn-and-iri/ and
>would propose an addition before (or close to) the heading "Domain
>Note that International Domain Names have some restrictions for
>right-to-left scripts. Certain words in languages written with
>right-to-left scripts are invalid as IDN labels. [link to
>draft-alvestrand-idna-bidi-00], an IETF draft under development,
>discusses the issue and proposes some solutions which might lead to
>modifications of the RFCs mentioned above (esp. RFC 3454).
>I don't think we have to be more detailed here.

I'd suggest too changes to the text above. First, change
'invalid' to 'not allowed', which to me sounds more value-neutral.
Second, replace "Certain words in languages writtin with right-to-left
scripts" with "Certain words in certain languages writtin with
right-to-left scripts (e.g. Dhivehi and Yiddish)".

This will help to make sure that the readers understand that
some languages such as Arabic and Hebrew are not really much
affected. Although this is very clearly a problem that needs
fixing, we should make sure we don't overexagerate it.

Regards,    Martin.

#-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, Assoc. Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
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