Re: UTF-8 and URLs

Dan Connolly (connolly@w3.org)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 13:57:22 -0500


Message-Id: <335FAD12.7691375A@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 13:57:22 -0500
From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: John C Klensin <klensin@mci.net>, uri@bunyip.com
Subject: Re: UTF-8 and URLs

Larry Masinter wrote:

> I think to actually solve the problem of Internationalization
> of URLs we need two recommendations:
> 
> a) If you're writing software that displays URLs to users,
...
> b) If you're writing software that lets users type in URLs,
... 
> c) If you're writing software that generates URLs to be
...

I like that characterization, and I believe it's a constructive
way to proceed.
 
> These three recommendations affect software from a large number
> of different producers. To make progress in the community,
> those software implementors will need to agree that this is
> the best solution to interoperability of URLs internationally.
> 
> I think given its likely controversial nature, we should clearly
> make these recommendations in a separate RFC, and perhaps with
> a new working group.

Fair enough.

> I'm willing to put this all down in a separate internet draft,
> if it will help focus the process on actually making progress.

I would very much like to see that. I promise to review it
(turn around time: a week) if you do.

And I would like you to consider releasing it as a W3C NOTE or
working draft as well.


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