Archaic scripts (was: Re: New
debbie at ictmarketing.co.uk
Thu May 8 21:31:45 CEST 2008
> I do think that many zone operators ought to be advised not to allow
> these code points anyway. But that's a completely different matter
> from deciding at the protocol level that they're not allowed.
to which Ken responded:
I think this is perhaps the way forward. It seems to me that there are good
arguments on both sides. Perhaps a PVALID-Historic category could be
created with scope to move to PVALID.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:idna-update-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of
> Kenneth Whistler
> Sent: 08 May 2008 20:20
> To: ajs at commandprompt.com
> Cc: idna-update at alvestrand.no; kenw at sybase.com
> Subject: Re: Archaic scripts (was: Re: New
> Andrew Sullivan asked:
> > > Sumero-Akkadian is extinct. And it does *not* belong in IDNs.
> > This gets to the nut of the debate, I think. What I've
> been trying to
> > ask is _why not_?
> Because it is extinct (as a writing system, pace John).
> Because it isn't *useful* for IDNs.
> Because nobody is clamoring for it for use in IDNs.
> Because nobody *will* be clamoring for it for use in IDNs.
> Because it is "hen-scratching" that all the zones will end up
> disallowing anyway.
> Because even *if* there were a functioning Iraqi registry,
> even *they* would disallow it.
> > We have an algorithm for generating the rules for what gets
> in. These
> > code points do not automatically get picked up as
> DISALLOWED by that
> > algorithm.
> We had an algorithm for generating the rules for what gets in
> idna-tables-00.txt, and using *those* rules, those code
> points did get automatically picked up as DISALLOWED.
> > So what is the reason for creating this extra list of exceptions?
> And what is the reason for suddenly removing the list of
> exceptions that were (correctly) filtering out all these
> useless (for IDNs) historic characters? Suddenly the onus is
> on me to prove they *are* useless, instead of on somebody
> else to demonstrate why IDNs *need* cuneiform?
> > Further, I am sure that operators of large zones do not want to go
> > through this protocol rewriting exercise again. If there is some
> > automatic way to classify future additions to Unicode as
> belonging to
> > this category of exception (and so far, I don't think I've seen one
> > proposed, but I might have misunderstood the discussion around the
> > planes), then I can see a convenient way to exclude
> everything in that
> > category.
> If you need an appeal to outside specification, then please
> see Table 4 in UAX #31, which was created precisely for this
> > Otherwise, it seems to me we'll lose the Unicode version
> > that was supposed to be one of the benefits of this work
> When Avestan and Egyptian Hieroglyphics become part of
> Unicode -- they are already in the all-but-finalized
> Amendment 5 to 10646 and are thus scheduled for the eventual
> Unicode 5.2 -- Avestan and Egyptian Hieroglyphics will be
> added to that Table 4 in UAX #31. There you have your
> "automatic way to classify future additions to Unicode", and
> if you build the IDNA 2008 spec accordingly, you have
> correctly maintained your Unicode version agnosticism and
> don't have to keep revising the RFC to update versions.
> The UTC assumed, I think, that making such a list in a Table
> in a Unicode Standard Annex (a normative part of each version
> of the Unicode Standard) would suffice. But if this kind of
> thing also needs to be codified as a character property, then
> it seems to me the UTC could find a way to come up with a
> property Historic_Obsolete_Inappropriate_For_Identifier
> or whatever, just as well, that would match the contents of
> Table 4 in UAX #31.
> > I do think that many zone operators ought to be advised not
> to allow
> > these code points anyway. But that's a completely different matter
> > from deciding at the protocol level that they're not allowed.
> > Also,
> > it follows from the general principle, "Don't publish what
> you don't
> > understand."
> > A
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