Re: UTF-8 and URLs

John C Klensin (
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 20:00:07 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 20:00:07 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
From: John C Klensin <>
Subject: Re: UTF-8 and URLs
In-Reply-To: <>
To: Larry Masinter <>
Message-Id: <>

On Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:56:56 -0700 (PDT) Larry Masinter 
<> wrote:

> John,
> Your clarification didn't help me. And the sticking point
> for me is that "as a sequence of glyphs" is an important 
> part of the transport of URLs, whether those glyphs are
> on paper or on the screen, and that the octet->glyph
> and glyph->octet route is really error-prone.

Well, it isn't a sticking point if we were to take the 
position that everything past the domain name has to be 
treated as opaque.  Were we to do that, then statements 
about "sequences of glyphs" and mapping of them essentially 
disappear entirely.

But, that said, I think your analysis and recommendations 
are, modulo my considerable concerns about UTF-8, 
reasonable and rational.