Gervase Markham gerv at
Thu Dec 3 16:18:45 CET 2009

On 02/12/09 10:06, Lisa Dusseault wrote:
> One slightly more solid question for browsers is, would it be entirely
> crazy to have different mapping algorithms for typed-in domain names
> than for links followed?  There might be a locale-dependent mapping as
> well as a global mapping.  (I assume that having every established
> locale mapping installed would be complete craziness.)

IMO crazy. People type URLs into web browsers. Other people type URLs
into HTML documents. We can't have the same letters in those two
locations taking you to different places.

> Another question is: when posted links are followed, how often do we
> know the locale where the link was authored?  

Not even approaching 100%. A Bulgarian speaker using a Hungarian browser
installed on the computer of his Romanian friend types a comment
including a URL into a Serbian blog hosted in Croatia...

BTW, I'm having great trouble keeping up with this discussion. If there
are more messages which have "questions for browsers" in paragraph 4, I
might need to be pointed at them :-) (And even then, I can't speak with
authority on technical topics; we have smarter people than me for that.)


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