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Re: Browser bars, etc.

From: Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:02:13 -0600
Message-ID: <4FFC6E25.4000003@stpeter.im>
To: John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com>
CC: Dave Thaler <dthaler@microsoft.com>, public-iri@w3.org
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On 7/10/12 1:16 AM, John C Klensin wrote:
> --On Monday, July 09, 2012 20:03 +0000 Dave Thaler
> <dthaler@microsoft.com> wrote:


>>   That address bar today
>> can often contain IRIs, which are more readable than URIs.
> I'll agree with "more readable" but note that there seems to be
> an industry trend to be toward more and more complex URIs which
> are usefully accessible only from favorites/bookmarks, imported
> references, and search mechanisms of some flavor.  Discussions
> in the IETF may lead to reinforcing that trend (e.g., proposals
> to incorporate hashes instead of user names and of signed URIs).
> If one assumes a URL that goes on for several lines, with most
> of the relevant tail components present, possibly embedding
> another URL, multiple query components, and so on, then
> readability is an unreasonable expectation whether the abstract
> text is ASCII or not.  Even if it is not, the marginal
> percentage readability improvement from IRIs is likely to be
> miniscule.

It seems to me that a browser does not need to present the "raw" URI in
the address bar, and ought to display hex-encoded characters there in a
user-friendly manner. So I don't think that IRI vs. URI is all that
relevant for the address bar, whereas it's more relevant for activities
like authoring HTML documents.


Peter Saint-Andre
Received on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 18:02:41 UTC

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