Re: [apps-discuss] Fwd: FW: New Version Notification for draft-kerwin-file-scheme-13.txt

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 08:59:35AM +1000, Matthew Kerwin wrote:
> On 10 December 2014 at 08:37, Phillips, Addison <> wrote:
> > Although normalization is often a good idea... normalization might be a
> > problem if the local filesystem allows normalized and non-normalized
> > representations both to appear. You wouldn't be able to specify a
> > non-normalized representation.
> Do you have an example? I'm trying to think it through, but I keep going in
> circles. The one I think of is ext[2-4] where the filesystem stores octet
> sequences, and shell/applications/etc. use things like the user's locale
> environment when representing those octets as text strings. Are you saying
> that if we mandate NFC normalisation of URIs, you can't distinguish between
> a files whose filename octets are {0xE4} vs {0xC3, 0xA4} (i.e. U+00E4 ""
> in WIndows-1252 / UTF-8)?
> Wouldn't "file://%E4" would cover that?

Suppose one app doesn't normalize.  And another does.  The user might be
unable to type in the name of a file they want to open that exists.
This is a bit contrived because they'll be able to pick the file in a
file selection combo box, but still.

A classic example many years ago was a git repo that had such characters
in some filenames and which then broke on OS X.  I don't have a link


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