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Re: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 14:57:43 +0900
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To: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>, Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Cc: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, "'WWW International'" <www-international@w3.org>, W3C Offices <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>, public-i18n-core@w3.org

So Greece is using the same solution as Russia for licence plates.
They are making use of the fact that there is a fair
overlap between Greek and Latin (or Cyrillic and Latin).

For TLDs, and for domain names in general, it turns out
that this overlap is a problem, because it can allow spoofing
in some cases.

Regards,     Martin.

At 09:13 07/10/26, Asmus Freytag wrote:
>On 10/25/2007 4:22 PM, Najib Tounsi wrote:
>> Martin Duerst wrote:
>> > ... Well, licence plates are a good example actually. In Japan, they
>> > use Kanji and Hiragana. In Germany, they use Umlauts. In many Arabic
>> > countries, they use Arabic letters and numerals. Najib can tell us
>> > what Marocco does.
>> Well, years ago, there were numbers like "1363-1 4" as showed in http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/
>> Now, Arabic letters are used, like " 12345-X 9", where X is actually the Arabic Beh 'リィ', coming after Alef 'リ」'.
>> For the story, this didn't make everybody happy. At vehicle administration and insurance companies, computer applications are not yet ready to accept non Latin scripts. I've been told that, as a temporary solution, Alef is replaced by A and Beh by B./
>When I visited Greece for the most recent of the JTC1/SC2/WG2 meetings held there, I noticed the fact that the licence plates used capital letters to designate a local area. Upon further inquiry, I was told that the letters used were carefully subsetted to those for which the shape matches that of the corresponding Latin letters, so as to be able to run Greek license plates through police computers using the Latin script.
>During my visit I could confirm that I never once saw a license plate that required the use of the Greek script.

#-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, Assoc. Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
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