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Re: Grinding to a halt on Issue 27.

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 17:06:04 -0400
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To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>, "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Cc: "WWW-Tag" <www-tag@w3.org>

It should be kept in mind that one of the big users of XML Namespaces
is RDF. In RDF, in particular in notations such as N3, the direct
use of words by the writer (and reader) can be very important.

Regards,    Martin.

At 15:18 03/04/29 -0700, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

>>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 besides
>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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