Additional thoughts on TRANSITIONAL
"Martin J. Dürst"
duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp
Mon Dec 7 12:16:34 CET 2009
The registry/zone operator is one thing. But while e.g. .xy may be of
the opinion that they never supported IDNA2003, I may have registered
masse.xy with them, but all over the place I may have written <a
href='www.maße.xy'> because my site is about measures (Maße), not about
(physical body) mass (Masse). For the other three characters, the
situation is quite a bit easier, of course.
So I think we cannot get around the fact that for some time, ß may stop
to work at all if we want to get to the state that ss/ß are clearly
distinguished where necessary. As a reminder, IE6 doesn't support IDNA,
and so currently, ß still doesn't work for quite a bit (10%-25%
depending on the statistic) of Web users.
On 2009/12/05 8:30, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On 2009-12-04, at 17:41, Lisa Dusseault<lisa.dusseault at gmail.com>
>> TRANSITIONAL character in the domain.
>> I agree that in some models, an error is better than going to an
>> indeterminate destination. But only in some models. To the user,
>> upgrading their browser and suddenly having links with ß in domains
>> fail where it succeeded the day before, does not seem like a real up
> This is precisely the problem my admittedly kludgey suggestion is
> supposed to solve. If the registry (zone operator) has a policy to map
> as desired, then the upgrade works as hoped anyway. We could even
> include a mechanism to say "never had any idna2003" so that people who
> have waited for something better get the new benefits as soon as new
> browsers are deployed. (But the idea is still a pig,& I'm not
> defending it hard.)
#-# Martin J. Dürst, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
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