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RE: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:14:22 +0100
To: "'Martin Duerst'" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, "'Jonathan Rosenne'" <rosennej@qsm.co.il>, "'WWW International'" <www-international@w3.org>, <public-i18n-core@w3.org>, "'W3C Offices'" <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004f01c817b0$99a10a10$6501a8c0@rishida>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-i18n-core-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-i18n-core-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Martin Duerst
> Sent: 26 October 2007 07:24
> To: Jonathan Rosenne; 'WWW International'; 
> public-i18n-core@w3.org; 'W3C Offices'
> Subject: RE: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress
> At 02:36 07/10/26, Jonathan Rosenne wrote:
> >> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international- 
> >> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Richard Ishida
> >> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:53 PM
> >> I'm not so sure of that.  I just purchased the rishida.net domain 
> >> because I was sick and tired of trying to get people to type in 
> >> http://people.w3.org/rishida/photos/ correctly over the 
> phone - much 
> >> less remember it when they get back to their computer.
> >> rishida.net/photos/ on the other hand is a cynch.
> >> 
> >> I'm constantly spelling out or writing out the URI of my home page 
> >> for other people, and I'm glad I don't have to do it in some other 
> >> language, never mind a different script like Greek or Cyrillic.
> >> 
> >> RI
> >> 
> >
> >
> >This is exactly the point, although with a different conclusion. I 
> >often read over the phone English URLs (I don't buy the 
> neutral Latin 
> >script in this context) to people for whom English is not their 
> >language and who do not know it well, causing lots of 
> problems. When we 
> >get internationalized URLs I would be reading them words in 
> their own language.
> Hello Jony,
> I agree with you, but I think that Richard also agrees with you.
> I think he wanted to say "I'm glad that I can use the Latin 
> script, so I understand others want to use their own script." 
> Richard, if that wasn't the case, please tell us.
> Regards,    Martin.
> #-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, Assoc. Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
> #-#-#  http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp       
> mailto:duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp     

Yes. My point was that even in English I have taken action to find a home
page address that is more easily memorable and communicable than
people.w3.org/rishida (which is not so complicated to start with, but
sufficiently so to cause problems), so it is clear to me that URIs are not
always opaque, and that furthermore being able to write them in your own
language and script has got to be very helpful.


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)

Received on Friday, 26 October 2007 09:11:56 UTC

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