gerv at mozilla.org
Thu May 8 21:59:42 CEST 2008
Shawn Steele wrote:
> And IMO if those few users would also like a name in cuneiform, then
> that should be permitted. Of course it'd only be usable by a few
> people, but many other small groups have web sites in a
> friendly-to-them form that they only expect a few people to use.
Sites, absolutely. Domain names are an entirely different thing to sites.
Apostrophe is not permitted in domain names, and won't be under any
revisions we might make. Yet the number of people who might want to use
an apostrophe (for example, to have their surname as a domain) vastly
outweighs the number of people who want cuneiform. So, if "some people
will want it" is our only test, then apostrophe should be in.
However, it's not our only test, and rightly so. Every character we add
(assuming some registry permits it; and if none ever would, why add it?)
is a small additional risk - both for issues we know about now, and ones
that might appear in the future. Just because each one individually is
small doesn't mean we should add thousands of them (which is where the
logical conclusion of your argument is).
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