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RE: [DR 609] I18N experts' view

From: Oisin Hurley <ohurley@iona.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 09:59:54 -0000
To: "Hugo Haas" <hugo@w3.org>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Cc: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002101c05ea2$1dfa9c10$216274d5@psychobilly>
The XP WG recognizes that the issue of codeset diversity is a complex one
and will defer any decision on codesets for XP until consultation with the
Internationalisation WG has clarified the issue



> I suggest that in order to ask for feedback we keep DR609 as a DR and
> rephrase it as:
>
>   The XP specification may or may not mandate the use of UTF-8 as its
>   character encoding of choice.
>
>   Discussion: The Working Group is aware of the complexity resulting in
>   the use of a large set of character encodings but is unable at this
>   point in time to make a decision on such a restriction.
>
> That way, we are postponing the issue and inviting comments both from
> the I18N WG and other people.

I agree that a postponement is in order on this issue - I have some
wording suggestions, however:

"The XP specification may or may not mandate the use of UTF-8 as its
 character encoding of choice."

Can we change this to

"The XP specification may mandate the use of UTF-8 as its
 character encoding of choice at some point in the future."

I just think it reads better (IMHO) and I think it gets across the
nature of the requirement (a postponement) more clearly.

And in the discussion section:

"Discussion: The Working Group is aware of the complexity resulting in
the use of a large set of character encodings but is unable at this
point in time to make a decision on such a restriction."

Make a change to say

"Discussion: The Working Group is aware of the complexity resulting in
the use of a large set of character encodings and is actively
seeking feedback in this area. Until all the feedback has been evaluated,
the Working Group will not make a decision in favour of restriction"

What this is basically saying is the same - but we're making the fact
that we are looking for feedback clearer and at the same time giving
an assurance that we won't make any uninformed decisions that may
restrict the use or deployment of XP.

let's have some comments before the con call tomorrow.
 --oh

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