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RE: Extended Characters in Server Names

From: Suzanne M. Topping <stopping@bizwonk.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 11:46:30 -0400
Message-ID: <427F53DA8F48E9498ADF0F868763F88C0513F3@wonkserver1.bizwonk.com>
To: <www-international@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lacoursiere, Guy [mailto:Guy.Lacoursiere@Cognos.COM]
> I'd like to know whether it is possible in Europe and Asia to 
> create server
> names in their own character set (using extended 8-bit or multibyte
> characters) or do server names always have to be in US-ASCII 
> characters
> only?
> Do all operating systems allow the use of extended characters 
> in server
> names?  Even if they do, are people actually doing that?  If different
> servers on a network have names in different character sets, 
> how does it
> work?

As Tim Greenwood mentioned, some months ago I did write an article on
this topic, which you can find at 

Unfortunately, the conflict described in the article has really not died
down... continued difficulties get in the way of the Working Group's
charter, as various groups raise significant issues such as how to deal
with Han character differences in Simplified Chinese, Traditional
Chinese, Japanese, etc.

In the meantime, a number of companies are registering names as
previously mentioned, and there is a very real fear that we are heading
away from a web that is world wide, and toward a web which is regionally
fragmented. This will happen if people put systems in place without
agreeing to abide by the standards which the WG is working toward.

Suzanne Topping
BizWonk Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 21 August 2001 11:47:01 UTC

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