Archaic scripts

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Fri May 9 22:36:29 CEST 2008

> There *is* a bright line between protocols that only support LDH- and
> A-labels and those that support U-labels. For example, there is a
> draft that aims to specify how things would be done in SMTP (with
> U-labels). If a mobile phone manufacturer would like to burn the
> program in ROM, they can have the mobile phone deal with LDH- and
> A-labels only, leaving U-label translation to the software on the
> mobile carrier's ("server") side.

A labels don't help anyone, they're only interesting for lookup.  Real humans need the U labels.  If a phone manufacturer really needed to be independent of the version, they could send Unicode to the server and then the server can do the mapping.

IMO the name should only be converted to an A-label for resolution.  Normally it should be a Unicode name.

- Shawn

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