Eszett and IDNAv2 vs IDNA2008

Erik van der Poel erikv at
Sun Mar 15 15:21:42 CET 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM, Cary Karp <ck at> wrote:
> Quoting Andrew:
>> 3.  Decide that MSIE7 loses.  I think this is the right answer.
>> IDNA-using web sites who want to use IDNA2008 and support MSIE7 will
>> basically either have to detect MSIE7 and present links differently to
>> them, detect MSIE7 and warn such users, "Your browser won't be able to
>> follow some links on this page," or just accept that MSIE7 users get a
>> less good experience.
> We were in the same situation with MSIE6, which provided no support
> for IDNA2003. At least two second-source plug-ins soon came into wide
> use as work arounds. I have no idea if IE7 is equally amenable to this
> sort of thing, but would expect to see similar shims available in
> usefully short order if native support for IDNA2008 is not to be had.

Ordinary users neither seek nor discover such special plug-ins, so I
don't find this argument persuasive.


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