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Re: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 22:43:52 -0400
To: Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, 'WWW International' <www-international@w3.org>, W3C Offices <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>, public-i18n-core@w3.org
Message-ID: <20071026024351.GO29533@mercury.ccil.org>

Najib Tounsi scripsit:

> Or the 23 countries and territories with a combined population of some 
> 325 million of users?

Sure, Arabic is the largest language written in Arabic script, but
Arabic script is used in many countries where Arabic is not spoken,
and Urdu plus the various kinds of Persian probably account for
half as many speakers.

If you don't like that example, consider Cyrillic.  Should all
the ccTLDs in Cyrillic script be Russian-based?  At least
some of the Latin ccTLDs aren't English-based, even though
English is far and away the largest Latin-script language.

-- 
John Cowan  cowan@ccil.org   http://ccil.org/~cowan
"The exception proves the rule."  Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory."  Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof."  But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."
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