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Re: Error handling in URIs

From: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:15:35 +0200
To: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <g3rv3d$n51$1@ger.gmane.org>

Ian Hickson wrote:

> Is there any chance that the URI and IRI specifications might
> get updated to handle these issues?

RFC 3986 is a full Internet standard, software doing something
else is broken.  Of course old software has the excuse of being
old.  An update of RFC 3987 (IRIs) makes no sense until IDNAbis
is ready.  YMMV, IDNAbis won't affect query parts.  Note that
RFC 3987 is by definition an *immature* standard like any other
proposed standard, expect changes when it is later promoted on
standards track.  The same goes for IDNA, but not STDs 63 + 66.

> It would be much cleaner if instead HTML5 could just defer to
> the URI specs for everything URI-related.

That is not only "much clearer", it is a minimal requirement to
talk about it (unless you want HTML5 published by ECMA).  There
are no non-ASCII characters in an STD 66 URI.  And there are no
non-ASCII characters in the URI-representation of an RFC 3987
IRI.  Just reference RFC 3986 + 3987 "as is" and be done with
it, it's no rocket science, and any attempt to "redefine" these
standards can only cause confusion.
<http://0xd0.0x4d.0xbc.0xa6/> <shudder> Read STD 66 </shudder>
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