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RE: w3schools I18N info

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 12:17:03 +0100
To: "'Deborah Cawkwell'" <deborah.cawkwell@bbc.co.uk>, "'W3C I18N GEO'" <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20040707111703.F1B194EED7@homer.w3.org>


> http://www.w3schools.com who I find a useful resource for web 
> development have added some I18N info:
> http://www.w3schools.com/quality/quality_international.asp 

It might be worthwhile suggesting to them that they add some links to further information on our site.  Could you do that? You can also pass on to them my comments below.

There are some mistakes: "defines an internal character set called Unicode (ISO 1046)". It is not really an internal character set - see the explanation of the Document Character Set http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-doc-charset - also Unicode is not the same thing as ISO 10646 (note one of the 6s was also missing) - see the same FAQ.

It would be better if they indicated where to find the names of character sets, as specific names are registered with IANA and there are preferred forms.  

They could point to our tutorial, http://www.w3.org/International/tutorials/tutorial-char-enc/

Wrt the dates section, the ISO format is not always appropriate. Note also that it was not designed for representing dates for the user, but for machine interaction - that is not clear from their text. 

It may be more appropriate to use local formats in some circumstances, as long as it is clear which is which and what the date represents. Note also that numerous cultures use non-Gregorian calendars, to which the ISO format may not apply.  

I think it would be better for them to say, "Consider using the ISO format" than "Do this because it will solve all your problems".


Richard Ishida

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