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Re: Encoding: Referring people to a list of labels

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@hsivonen.fi>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:31:54 +0200
Message-ID: <CANXqsR+sOiRL06kZ_1ityjyA+NcNL_acFBXrroJyuht+o7T8nA@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>, Andrew Cunningham <lang.support@gmail.com>, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>, Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM, John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> That's not the case for complex scripts where a pure Unicode
> representation requires Graphite fonts, as browsers other than Firefox
> don't provide their own support for it.

There's a big difference between no browser support and support in
only one major browser. Authors using those scripts should use
Graphite fonts and tell their users to use Firefox. As content
published in these scripts using the pure Unicode representation
increases, other browsers will have a reason to support these scripts
as well.

If you want browsers to support these scripts, working around the
shortcomings of non-Firefox browsers is strategically terrible, since
that gives them no incentive to match Firefox and doesn't reward
Firefox for being the first mover (making Firefox devs less interested
in being the first movers on stuff like this in the future).

Henri Sivonen
Received on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:32:22 UTC

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