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RE: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: Jonathan Rosenne <rosennej@qsm.co.il>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:44:52 +0200
To: "'WWW International'" <www-international@w3.org>, "'W3C Offices'" <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>, <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Dardailler [mailto:danield@w3.org]
> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 10:23 PM
> To: Jonathan Rosenne
> Cc: 'WWW International'; 'W3C Offices'; public-i18n-core@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress
> 
> 
> >>>> Did you mean: "They do not help the users who do NOT know English
> >> and
> >>>> do not know the Latin letters."?
> >>> Yes, of course.
> >> I disagree, they do help, but not as much as a full IDN system does,
> >> not as much
> >> as a full Unicode system does.
> >>
> >> If I am Greek and I register my name in Greek as NAME.com or NAME.gr
> or
> >> another
> >> TLD, I know that people can type it in Greek as NAME in the URL bar
> >> without any
> >> "http://www." before and ".com/" or ".gr" after, since most browsers
> do
> >> the
> >> completion and the wildcarding in the application, and that counts,
> >> this is not
> >> "nothing". http is not planned to disappear afaik.
> >
> > Let's think about Arabic of Chinese, or Hebrew. Greek is different,
> > obviously.
> 
> There's no browser URL completion in those languages ?

The Latin letters are mostly similar to Greek letters, so a Greek can somehow manage them, but a person that only knows Arabic or Chinese or Hebrew cannot even recognize them. Completion does not solve this issue. 

Regarding http, it isn't difficult and had been proposed to let the user type הטטפ or هتتف and have the application either recognize it or translate it internally - we are concerned with appearances, not with the internal workings of the system.

Jony
Received on Monday, 29 October 2007 20:45:35 GMT

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