Re: Globalizing URIs

Gavin Nicol (gtn@ebt.com)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 02:02:27 -0400


Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 02:02:27 -0400
From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Message-Id: <199508290602.CAA27931@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: mohta@necom830.cc.titech.ac.jp
Cc: mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch, uri@bunyip.com
In-Reply-To: <199508170813.RAA10602@necom830.cc.titech.ac.jp> (message from Masataka Ohta on Thu, 17 Aug 95 17:13:14 JST)
Subject: Re: Globalizing URIs

>> I think people will to work in ASCII is forced to, but I think most
>> people *desire* to work in their native language.
> 
>What's the problem? Japanese will use Japanese with ASCII Latin
>characters.
 
That is fine for you, but there are people who do not feel as you
do. Even some European users feel dissatisfied.

>> We should at the very least give people a choice.
> 
>No. Anything with local option can't interoperate globally.
 
I think the premise here is that not all systems can handle
multilingual text. This is true now, but will not be in the future. At
that point in time, this statement will be false. Until that time,
people will have to make a decision about what should use ASCII and
what should not. I think it is important to take one step toward the
multilingual future.

Of course, there is a high probability that the WWW will be obsolete
by the time multilingual systems become very widespread ;-)