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RE: Grinding to a halt on Issue 27.

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 11:43:24 -0700
Message-ID: <4F4182C71C1FDD4BA0937A7EB7B8B4C108E35494@red-msg-08.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: "WWW-Tag" <www-tag@w3.org>

> > I'll take issue with that.  Using localized characters in a
> > is an incredibly stupid idea that will result in systems that ...

> > regret it as soon as their namespace becomes interesting outside
> > own locality.

How does it then follow that people should use ASCII?  Is it not obvious
that Chinese will soon bypass English+French+German as the dominant
character-encoding for information on the web?

People who do not design for UTF-16 run serious risk of marginalizing
themselves to a limited local audience and becoming obsolete.  I have
seen this firsthand more than once.  Companies which designed their
systems with the assumption that ISO-8859-1 was adequate are finding it
a roadblock to their plans to expand beyond domestic markets and are
taking significant expense to remove this roadblock.

> effectiveness, and their metrics may well include appeal to a local
> audience, if I have a web site for a nice local bookshop in Warsaw or

This is an interesting point, and worth arguing.  But I hope we are not
arguing this in the context of "Western-European is global-ready;
everything else is used for Svetlana's ethnic outpost".  "Local"
languages like Thai and English will still have a place on the web, like
you say, but sites which rely on ASCII encoding will find it
increasingly difficult to achieve a global reach.
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