Re: "Difficult Characters" draft

Alain LaBont/e'/ (
Wed, 07 May 1997 12:42:05 -0400

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Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 12:42:05 -0400
To: "Martin J. Duerst" <>
From: "Alain LaBont/e'/" <>
Subject: Re: "Difficult Characters" draft
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A 11:23 97-05-07 +0200, Martin J. Duerst a écrit :
>I think we pretty much agree that we should discourage URLs with
>accented uppercase letters.

I personally do not, nor any of my colleagues... We would agree with this
if upper case were not allowed.

>> >We don't want to ask the French user more than the US user,
>> >when compared to his/her language abilities. And up to now,
>> >we don't.
>> You do. If equiavlences are not processed adequately, given that
>> equivalence processing exists today. You ask either exact match or match
>> independent of case but dependent on accents... that's not good enough...
>Well, I don't actually propose that. I just say that it wouldn't
>be to strange to consider case equivalences but not accent equivalences.
>In sorting, accents also have higher distinctive power than case, don't they.

Yes, in general and no for unprecise matches that render upper and lower
case equivalent.

>	"Copy it exactly, with case and everything."
>is much more user friendly, because it is the only one that
>works consistently.

I can agree with that. I think everybody can agree with that.

Alain LaBonté