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Re: Grinding to a halt on Issue 27.

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 15:18:18 -0700
Cc: "WWW-Tag" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Message-Id: <7AAF510A-7A90-11D7-982A-000393753936@apache.org>

> 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?

No, that is not obvious.  Maybe you should ask someone who is Chinese
about the effect of a global market on communication, but that is 
the point.  Presenting information in many different languages is one
of the primary reasons that people buy my company's software, so that
is obviously very important.  However, we are not talking about the
information that is presented -- we are talking about the identifiers
used to route people towards that information, and in particular the
identifiers used to denote a namespace for internal processing by
an XML engine.  As such, any speculation about the preferred language
of the human audience simply does not apply.

ASCII is still the lowest common denominator, even when it is being
used to phonetically describe non-English words.

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