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Re: URL limitations

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:58:49 -0500
To: Graham Morrison <gcmorrison@gmail.com>
Message-Id: <2E5D82E7-94EA-4E9E-A355-381B19DD615F@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org

On 22 Oct 2010, at 2:18 AM, Graham Morrison wrote:

> To Whom it May Concern:
> Why are URLs only limited to alphanumeric characters? I wish we  
> could use punctuation marks in URLS. For instance it would be cool  
> to go to boom!com...I think the exclamation mark makes the whole URL  
> more exciting. Also, you could have ASCII URLS like (>'-')>.com or  
> [:|].com. Do you have a family? i'm sure your children would love to  
> visit sites like that. I know I would. Punctuation marks would  
> richen the online experience. If your organization's top minds  
> applied their energy towards this task, it could be rapidly  
> implemented..
> Please direct this email to whoever approved the use of Chinese  
> characters and other symbols in URLs...I think this is an issue of  
> grave importance and I look forward to your response.

There exists a standard for internationalized URIs (called IRIs):

  _ Ian

> Thank you,
> Graham Morrison

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