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Re: Error handling in URIs

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:07:09 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0806250904150.13974@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Wed, 25 Jun 2008, Julian Reschke wrote:
> > 
> > Indeed. However, valid pages aren't the only pages that we want 
> > interoperability for.
> 
> True.
> 
> But it seems to me it's much more important to come up with a 
> interoperability for *valid* pages than invalid ones.

I don't know which is more important, but in any case, my intent is to 
come up with interoperability for both, so it doesn't really matter.


> So documenting the current mess with respect to handling IRIs may be 
> useful for browser implementors, but fixing the issue in a sane way 
> would be much more useful for everybody else (yes, not in the short-term 
> future).

To get to the long-term we have to go through the short-term first. We'll 
never get to the long term if there's no path through the short-term that 
is compatible with existing content.

(On the long term, I figure we'll just use UTF-8 exclusively, which would 
pretty much solve the problem, and is compatible with a short-term 
strategy like the one described in HTML5 now.)

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