Re: revised "generic syntax" internet draft

Chris Newman (
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 13:57:42 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 13:57:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Chris Newman <>
Subject: Re: revised "generic syntax" internet draft
In-Reply-To: <>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Cc: IETF URI list <>
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On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> Martin, I haven't forgotten about your very detailed problem statement
> at <>.  My question was
> whether all the other people advocating non-ASCII URLs agree to that
> problem statement, and in particular to the course of action for the
> current draft revision.  The problem I am having is that every time
> I explain why one solution won't work, people defend it by describing
> the merits of some other solution (or even some other problem).  It seems
> to me that if you can't agree on what problem is being solved, then
> arguing about a solution is pointless.

That problem statement is a bit verbose, but accurate.

> I think there is a way to define UTF-8 preference for URL encoding
> such that it won't break existing services, by forbidding transcoding
> of already-encoded octets.  However, I won't bother to explain that
> until there is broad agreement on what needs to be solved.

Yes, if you forbid transcoding of %80-%FF, and that representation were
actually used in the filesystem, then the charset (or lack thereof) in the
filesystem isn't a problem.