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RE: Special ordering for BIDI URLs

From: Jonathan Rosenne <rosennej@qsm.co.il>
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 12:11:22 +0300
To: "'Slim Amamou'" <slim@alixsys.com>, "'Mark Davis ?'" <mark@macchiato.com>
Cc: <public-iri@w3.org>, <bidi@unicode.org>, "'Shawn Steele'" <Shawn.Steele@microsoft.com>, "'Murray Sargent'" <murrays@exchange.microsoft.com>, <aharon@google.com>
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A kid in Egypt or Israel or China who has not yet learnt a second language should be able to use the internet in his own language and script. If net neutrality means mandatory use of English I guess most of the population of this planet would vote against it, were they to be asked.




From: public-iri-request@w3.org [mailto:public-iri-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Slim Amamou
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:35 AM
To: Mark Davis ?
Cc: public-iri@w3.org; bidi@unicode.org; Shawn Steele; Murray Sargent; aharon@google.com
Subject: Re: Special ordering for BIDI URLs



On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 1:10 AM, Mark Davis ☕ <mark@macchiato.com> wrote:



But we're not. The best way to solve the problem that I can think of can be done right now. Any significant site that wants to support BIDI languages should provide for the ability to have IRIs with all RTL characters: host name, path, query, fragment.


This is undesirable because it will create isolated communities and an internet that does not look the same depending on whether you are American or Moroccan. This is maybe the case already now, but it should not be our aim. In a sense, this even breaks the principle of net neutrality.


For the record I proposed enforcing LTR directionality for URIs as a solution, and already proved that at least for the HOST part (IDN), and given the current specs, labels MUST be ordered LTR. 


During the discussions I understood the difficulties of such a change which includes at the same time unicode, IDN and URI (we could say the whole internet). But I still don't see any other solution which is viable and consistent with internets principles. 



Slim Amamou | سليم عمامو
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