Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 22:03:14 -0400 From: Gavin Nicol <email@example.com> Message-Id: <199508150203.WAA03779@ebt-inc.ebt.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com In-Reply-To: <9508141605.AA07557@mocha.bunyip.com> (message from Martin J Duerst on Mon, 14 Aug 1995 18:04:40 +0200 (MET DST)) Subject: Re: Globalizing URIs Masataka Ohta wrote: >As is proven with passports and airline tickets, 26 Latin characters >are more than enough to represent names internationally. This is precisely the thinking that some people have with regard to SGML tag names. They argue that one can always impose a table-driven lookup if one really wants native language tags. This is true, but I cannot understand why this should be necessary, and it complicates a number of things (like indexing) a lot. When westerners say this, I always ask them how they would feel if they had to use Arabic for tag names. I think the Japanese who say this so not understand SGML well, or are faced with too many problems with using ISO-2022 and SGML together (it's possible, but not easy). I think people will to work in ASCII is forced to, but I think most people *desire* to work in their native language. We should at the very least give people a choice.