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Re: [WSTF] My view... [long]

From: Mark Davis <mark.davis@jtcsv.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 12:02:09 -0800
Message-ID: <01bc01c2cbbf$235859e0$79de2b09@DAVIS1>
To: "Addison Phillips [wM]" <aphillips@webmethods.com>, "Paul Deuter" <PaulD@plumtree.com>, "Martin Duerst" <duerst@w3.org>
Cc: <public-i18n-ws@w3.org>, <debasish@us.ibm.com>

I still don't see the need for the charset; and it adds more opportunity for
things to go wrong. In any even, if your POSIX implementation receives a
locale tag without a charset, it must have backup; the same happens if it
receives a locale tag with an unsupported combination, like en_US@SJIS.
Moreover, since the IANA charset name is non unambiguous, as we all know,
you have the issue of a locale id might be misidentified.

The charset is really an orthogonal attribute, with nothing to do with
cultural conventions.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@w3.org>
To: "Addison Phillips [wM]" <aphillips@webmethods.com>; "Paul Deuter"
Cc: "Mark Davis" <mark.davis@jtcsv.com>; <public-i18n-ws@w3.org>;
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 11:32
Subject: Re: [WSTF] My view... [long]

> At 09:46 03/01/31 -0800, Addison Phillips [wM] wrote:
> >Okay, so my Java program instantiates the locale "zh-CN"... was anyone
> >hurt by this? The charset isn't actually a locale member in Java and has
> >no meaning in Java. It might be used to affect a byte-oriented
> >(probably in a very negative way).
> >
> >What about a POSIX system? It's running "zh-CN.GBK@pinyin". Does it hurt
> >to omit some of that information when invoking remote Web services? What
> >happens if that invoked Web service is (a wrapper around) another POSIX
> >program? Does the loss of information affect the outcome?
> >
> >I'm not sure, but it might if the collation is "binary" and the charset
> >changed from GBK to UTF-8.
> Hello Addison,
> Would it be possible for you to describe some usage scenarios
> where the answer to your questions 'does it hurt?' is 'yes'?
> I think if we have concrete usage scenarios, that will help
> move our document forward and focus the discussion.
> Regards,    Martin.
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