Comments on IDNA Bidi

Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at
Mon Mar 3 18:12:35 CET 2008

--On 14. januar 2008 10:33 -0800 Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at> 

>> Now I'm confused.  Keep in mind that, in an actual URL, having
>> an IDN in anything but A-label (punycode processed) form is
>> invalid.
> That seems a bit of a narrow view.  The point of IDN is to allow a human
> readable version of a URL, such as on a business card.  In that case the
> URL certainly contains non-punicode labels.

In which case it is no longer an URL, but an IRI.
So "you're both right", but talking about different things......

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