Archaic scripts (was: Re: New version: draft-ietf-idna-tables-01.txt)

Andrew Sullivan ajs at
Wed May 7 19:20:11 CEST 2008

On Wed, May 07, 2008 at 10:08:43AM -0700, Michel Suignard wrote:
> Some of these plane 1 scripts add a huge number of characters that
> are symbolic/pictorial in nature, because in many cases they have
> not been fully deciphered. I really don't see the point in allowing
> them in a identifier scheme such as IDN.

If I am right in my understanding of what DISALLOWED means and what
the goals of IDNA2008 are, then I believe the right question is not,
"What is the point of allowing them in the identifier scheme?" but,
"What is the harm in allowing them in the identifier scheme?"  That
is, the "default" position should be "allowed in".

Best regards,

Andrew Sullivan
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