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Re: proposed charter items for possible URI working group

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 21:16:59 +0900
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To: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>, "Larry Masinter" <LMM@acm.org>, "Roy Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>, "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
Cc: <www-i18n-comments@w3.org>, <uri@w3.org>

At 21:56 02/07/20 -0500, Aaron Swartz wrote:

>Larry, I think a new URI WG and spec revision would be great as long as 
>the public has read and write access to the lists.

Which is always the case for an IETF WG.

>Roy, I remember you saying something about adding a note that UTF-8 was 
>standard in the new document (replacing "It is expected that a systematic 
>treatment of character encoding within URI will be developed as a future 
>modification of this specification.")

I think we need to replace this sentence with something explaining
the tendency to move towards UTF-8 (which is almost the same, but clearly
different from 'it's always UTF-8').

>Perhaps we could have some sort of signal, ala the Unicode BOM (Byte Order 
>Marker) to show the encoding was UTF-8?

Well, first, there is a saying 'if it looks like UTF-8, it is UTF-8'.

For details, see

  [Duer97]        Duerst, M., "The Properties and Promises of UTF-8",
                     Proc. 11th International Unicode Conference, San Jose
                     , September 1997, <http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/mml/

Second, it would be weird to use a special marker for the 'usual case'
and leave all the other cases unmarked.

Regards,    Martin.
Received on Monday, 22 July 2002 08:20:59 UTC

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