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Re: A new RFC for Web Addresses/Hypertext References: Background wrt LEIRIs

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:33:46 -0500
To: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1241109226.8402.1139.camel@pav.lan>
On Tue, 2009-04-28 at 16:31 +0100, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
[...]
>  [WEBADDR] A preliminary draft of a possible RFC for Web Addresses
>            (extracted from HTML5 [1]):
>    http://www.w3.org/html/wg/href/draft.html [not yet in RFC format,
>                                               converted version expected
>                                               RSN]
[...]
> I am sure that the above summaries can be improved.  In particular it
> would be helpful have clear statements from their respective
> authors/owners as to what the _requirements_ for the three new
> documents ([IRI-BIS], [LEIRI] and [WEBADDR]) are.  Only after we have
> those would it make sense to turn to the question of whether we can
> merge some or all of them.

Good question. I had hoped to document this in the draft by
now.

One of the main requirements the design in [WEBADDR] takes
on is the non-western search engine problem.

My understanding is that MS IE implemented a pre-IRI,
pre-unicode convention that form submission data should
go in the encoding that the form page was encoded in,
and the servers bought into this.

Mozilla tried to follow the IRI spec, but
"This breaks most sub-category links on a big greek on-line pc & gadget
shop
(http://www.e-shop.gr) rendering the site unusable."
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=284474

I mostly made my peace with this in a June 2008
discussion:

Re: expected results for URI encoding tests?
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Jun/0369.html


p.s. I wish I could tell the story of the non-western
search engine problem/requirement more straightforwardly,
but I seem to have some sort of writer's block.
Somebody else care to give it a try? TimBL? Ian?
Henri?

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